Buffy Sainte-Marie’s singing career began at a time when the country’s knowledge and awareness of Indigenous people was limited. Growing up as an adoptee, she admits limited knowledge of her own heritage. But by educating herself, connecting with like-minded people, and honing her talent, Sainte-Marie became a trailblazer and an artist whose gift remains current and laudable. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with her about the early years of singing, the foundation it provided for her current work, and the PBS documentary that paints a portrait of her many talents.
Break 1 music: Hey Little Rockabye (song) Buffy Sainte-Marie (artist)
Break 2 music: Hey wuwhi (Switch Song) (song) Judy Trejo (artist) Circle Dance Songs of the Paiute and Shoshone (album)
Please note: This is a pre-recorded conversation, so we won’t be taking calls.
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