Buffy Sainte-Marie

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Buffy Sainte-Marie, CC (born Beverly Sainte-Marie, February 20, 1941)[1] is an Indigenous Canadian-American (Piapot Cree Nation) singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist.[2] While working in these areas, her work has focused on issues facing Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Her singing and writing repertoire also includes subjects of love, war, religion, and mysticism. She has won recognition, awards and honours for her music as well as her work in education and social activism. Among her most popular songs are "Universal Soldier", "Cod'ine", "Until It's Time for You to Go", "Take My Hand for a While", "Now That the Buffalo's Gone", and her versions of Mickey Newbury's "Mister Can't You See" and Joni Mitchell's "The Circle Game". Her songs have been recorded by many artists including Donovan, Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, and Glen Campbell.

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Background information
Birth nameBeverly Sainte-Marie
Born (1941-02-20) February 20, 1941 (age 82)[1]
Piapot 75 Reserve, Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • composer
  • record producer
  • visual artist
  • educator
  • social activist
  • actress
  • humanitarian
  • Vocals
Years active1963–present

In 1983, she became the first Indigenous American person to win an Oscar,[3] when her song "Up Where We Belong", co-written for the film An Officer and a Gentleman, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 55th Academy Awards.[4] The song also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song that same year.[5]

In 1997, she founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans.[6]