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Monday, January 11, 2016

Power in the Blood: Buffy Sainte-Marie on Creative Decolonization in a Global Village

"Neon Hula" - Digital art by Buffy Sainte-Marie

Today we are speaking with the legendary artist, educator and political activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. Buffy was born to Cree parents on the Piapot Cree Reservation in Saskatchewan, Canada. She was orphaned as an infant (adopted out) and moved to Massachusetts, where she would later get her degree in Eastern Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts. In the early Sixties, Buffy played the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village, where her music was so well received that her career skyrocketed to international fame soon thereafter. Almost 50 years after the release of her first album, It’s My Way, Buffy’s new album, Power in the Blood, is filled with the same fierce messages, eclecticism and passion unique to this unstoppable woman. We explore creativity in an age of commodification, being indigenous in a global village, demythologizing the power elites, and more!

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Check out Conversation that Matters featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie who says her career lived at the intersection of social activist and artist. She points out that artists tell the stories of our times in ways that resonate. Over the past five decades Ms. Sainte-Marie has been a voice for First Nations in Canada and the United States.
The Cradleboard project was a concept she developed in the early days of personal computing that allowed First Nations communities to connect and celebrate their individual and collective heritage. "...This put aboriginal people in the driver's seat of delivering who they are to remote partners of the same age and they'd discuss everything from clan mothers to medicine. It's a journey of discovery about each other's cultures and their own. It's putting kids in touch with kids and it promotes self-esteem..."
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In the anthology Two Worlds, we offer Buffy's biography and background as a First Nations adoptee... Trace

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Survivors, write your stories. Write your parents stories. Write the elders stories. Do not be swayed by the colonizers to keep quiet. Tribal Nations have their own way of keeping stories alive.... Trace

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To Veronica Brown

Veronica, we adult adoptees are thinking of you today and every day. We will be here when you need us. Your journey in the adopted life has begun, nothing can revoke that now, the damage cannot be undone. Be courageous, you have what no adoptee before you has had; a strong group of adult adoptees who know your story, who are behind you and will always be so.