During this special episode of First Voices Radio, Anne Keala Kelly sits in for Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse. Her guest for the full hour is Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree). Since her groundbreaking debut, Its My Way! (1964), Buffy has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate, an innovative artist, and a disrupter of the status quo. Buffy has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry, humanitarian efforts, and Indigenous leadership have made her a unique force in the music industry. In 1969, she made one of the world's first electronic vocal albums; in 1982 she became the only Indigenous person to win an Oscar; she spent five years on Sesame Street where she became the first woman to breastfeed on national television. She has been blacklisted and silenced. She has written pop standards sung and recorded by the likes of Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. She penned Universal Soldier, the definitive anti-war anthem of the 20th century. Buffy Sainte-Marie is an icon who keeps one foot firmly planted on either side of the North American border, in the unsurrendered territories that comprise Canada and the USA.
Originally released on 08-11-2021