Few musicians have combined art and activism as effectively and profoundly as Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Coming off her critically-acclaimed and award-winning albums Medicine Songs and Power in the Blood, nobody could ever accuse the Academy Award-winning songwriter of taking it easy. Since her ground-breaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer, a tireless advocate, an innovative artist and a disruptor of the status quo.
Sainte-Marie has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry, humanitarian efforts and Indigenous leadership have made her a unique force in the music industry. In 1969, she made one of the world’s first electronic vocal albums; in 1982 she became the only Indigenous person to win an Oscar and she spent five years on Sesame Street where she became the first woman to breastfeed on national television.
Sainte-Marie doesn’t sugar coat the truth or shy away from hard realities on her latest studio record, Medicine Songs. The 19-song album shines a light on urgent subject matters including environmental destruction, alternative conflict resolution, Indigenous realities, greed and racketeering. Rather than making us feel smaller, sadder or more cynical, Buffy Sainte-Marie makes us feel stronger and more capable of seeing the world around us clearly. Part rhythmic healing, part trumpeting wake-up call, Medicine Songs is the soundtrack for the resistance.