An Aboriginal Presence

An Aboriginal Presence

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Born to Cree parents on the Piapot Reserve, Saskatchewan, Buffy Sainte-Marie earned degrees in Oriental Philosophy and Education, and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts. A musician committed to education, she founded the Nihewan Foundation for Native American Education in 1969.

On "Sesame Street", Sainte-Marie brought her message that "Indians exist" to children around the world. Recently, she created an educational e-network promoting Aboriginal culture ( Her song, "Up Where We Belong," won an Academy Award (1981). She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1998.

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Courtesy of Buffy Sainte-Marie Mouthbow - V-A-874 - S2003-995 - CD2004-0695
(left) Buffy Sainte-Marie, photograph by Aaron Harris
Courtesy of Buffy Sainte-Marie

(right) Mouthbow
Owned by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Gift of Buffy Sainte-Marie, 2002
Canadian Museum of Civilization, V-A-874, S2003-995, CD2004-0695

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