Democracy Now: An hour with Buffy Sainte-Marie

"AMY GOODMAN: Today an hour of conversation and song with award-winning folk icon, Buffy Sainte-Marie.

In the turbulent 1960s, she was just out of college but already famous for her beautiful voice and moving lyrics in songs like “My Country ’Tis of Thy People You’re Dying,” “Universal Soldier” and “Now that the Buffalo’s Gone.” Over the years, Buffy Sainte-Marie has worked with the American Indian Movement, but also with Sesame Street, and even Hollywood, winning an Academy Award in 1982 for the song “Up Where We Belong." She’s won international recognition for her music, has a PhD in fine arts, and began a foundation for American Indian Education that she remains closely involved with.

Today we spend the hour with the Buffy Sainte-Marie about her life, her music, censorship, singing and speaking out about the struggles of Native American peoples for the past four decades. But first, a tribute to the folk icon from the documentary Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life. "

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An Hour of Music and Conversation with Legendary Native American Singer-Songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie (Democracy Now! 11/26)