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Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie has achieved international acclaim as a singer/songwriter, visual artist and advocate for Aboriginal rights. Her powerful songs of love, hope, protest and triumph have sensitized people around the world to important political and social issues. Born in 1942 on the Piapot Reserve, Sask., she taught herself piano at the age of three, took up guitar at 16, and by age 22 she was performing worldwide. For her first album, It's My Way (1964), she was voted Billboard's Best New Artist. Her songs range from the tender Until It's Time for You to Go (recorded by, among others, Elvis Presley, Cher, Neil Diamond, Cleo Laine and Barbra Streisand) to iconic protests such as Universal Soldier. In 1996 she founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, providing enriching Aboriginal curriculum online to Native and non-Native students throughout the world.