Buffy Sainte-Marie: Honored By NMAI-2013!

O’siyo. The National Museum Of  The American Indian (NMAI) will Honor singer and Native rights activist Buffy Sainte-Marie for Women’s History Month onThursday March 14, 2013. Ms. Marie is a member of the Cree Nation and has inspired many Natives  (and non-Natives) with her songs, good will, and most especially her projects for children.

Buffy’s website

Women’s History Month Honors Buffy Sainte-Marie Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6 PM

New York, NY American Indian Museum Heye Center -Diker Pavilion


 “Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) won an Oscar for the song “Up Where We Belong”, which is also the name of the museum’s popular music exhibition. The artist is featured in a Native Sounds Downtown concert, which highlights old hits and new compositions focused on “the art of the protest song.” -NMAI-2013

The Many Faces of Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy St. Marie. Photo- Website

“Buffy Sainte-Marie was a graduating college senior in 1962 and hit the ground running in the early Sixties,.. she toured North America’s colleges, reservations and concert halls…By age 24, Buffy Sainte-Marie had appeared all over Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia, receiving honors, medals and awards, which continue to this day….her “Universal Soldier” became the anthem of the peace movement. For her very first album she was voted Billboard’s Best New Artist.

Running For The Drum CD. Her site.

She disappeared suddenly from the mainstream American airwaves during the Lyndon Johnson years. Unknown to her, as part of a blacklist which affected Eartha Kitt, Taj Mahal and a host of other outspoken performers, her name was included on White House stationery as among those whose music “deserved to be suppressed”, and radio airplay disappeared…In Indian country and abroad, however, her fame only grew.

Buffy with her Beautiful horse. website

Buffy with Big bird on Sesame Street. Buffy site.

Denied an adult television audience in the U.S., in 1975 she joined the cast of Sesame Street for five years. She continued to appear at countless grassroots concerts, AIM (American Indian Movement) events and other activist benefits in Canada and the U.S… and won an Academy Award Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for the song Up Where We Belong.”

Photo for the Popular Native Peoples Magazine 2008.

Buffy’s wonderful CradleBoard Project for children.

Beautiful photo by Annie Liebovitz-2008.

Up Where We Belong  Music Exhibition August 4, 2012 – August 11, 2013

“This banner exhibition highlights Native people who have been active participants in contemporary music for nearly a century…Many have been involved in each form of popular music — from jazz and blues to folk, country, and rock. In this exhibition their stories will be told, along with the history behind them. Visitors can hear samples of these music greats and find out with whom they collaborated, learn by whom they were inspired, and consider contemporary artists whom they influenced. Highlights include Jimi Hendrix’s (Cherokee) colorful patchwork full-length leather coat.”

Video of Buffy Sainte-Marie singing “Up Where We Belong”

“Instead of kids just hearing about beads and baskets and fringe, and about what ‘was’ and ‘were,’ we present Native American culture as a living contemporary culture.”~Artist Buffy Saint-Marie~ Cree Nation

We extend our Congratulations and Blessings to Buffy and her wonderful projects!


Category: Native Music