Episode 117. Buffy Sainte-Marie

Episode 117. Buffy Sainte-Marie (Great Canadian Singers)



In observation of US-American “Thanksgiving,” known to its Indigenous population as a day of mourning, I wanted to provide a platform for that great Indigenous singer, composer, educator, and activist of Cree heritage, Buffy Sainte-Marie, who earlier this year turned 80 years old. In a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Buffy Sainte-Marie has lent her distinctive and powerful voice and exceptional song-writing skills to a breathtakingly broad spectrum of musical styles and idioms. From her earliest commercial release, 1964’s It’s My Way, to her most recent effort, 2017’s Medicine Songs, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been on the cutting edge, wielding her distinctive voice with power and precision, always speaking truth to power and highlighting the experience of Indigenous peoples on the North American continent. The episode features live appearances on stage and television and also features contributions by Johnny Cash, Roberta Flack, and Joni Mitchell.


All songs by Buffy Sainte-Marie, unless otherwise noted.

It’s My Way [1964]

Native North American Child [1972]

Up Where We Belong [live 1996]

Los Pescadores [The Fishermen] (1965)

Universal Soldier [live 1971]

Moratorium [1971]

The War Racket [2017]

Soldier Blue [soundtrack version 1970]

Now that the Buffalo’s Gone [1964]

Johnny Cash: Custer. (with Johnny Cash) [The Johnny Cash Show 5 July 1969]

My Country, ‘Tis of Thy People You’re Dying [Pete Seeger’s Rainbow Quest 13 September 1966]

Cod’ine [Newport Folk Festival, 1964]

Joni Mitchell: The Circle Game [1967]

Until It’s Time for You to Go. Roberta Flack [1970]

Norbert Putnam, Buffy Sainte-Marie: Nobody Will Ever Know It’s Real But You [1975]

Til I See You Again [1975]

The Angel [1969]

He’s a Keeper of the Flame [1969]

Gonna Feel Much Better [1968]

97 Men in this Here Town [1967]

Not the Lovin’ Kind [1972]

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee [1992]

No No Keshagesh [2008]

Starwalker [1996]

The Moon [Sesame Street 1975]

Generation [1974]

You Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind). (with Tanya Tagaq, 2017)

America the Beautiful [2008]

It’s My Way [2015]

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