Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life
Catalogue Number: CIN014
Producing Agencies: CineFocus Canada/Paquin Pictures Inc.
Subject: American History, Arts, Biography, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Justice, Environmental Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Health, Indigenous Peoples, Music, Politics, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Sociology, Women's Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2006
Running Time: 62:44
This inspiring biography chronicles the remarkable story of Aboriginal artist Buffy Sainte-Marie as she rises to prominence in New York’s Greenwich Village folk music scene and blazes a groundbreaking path as a talented songwriter, anti-war activist, educator and artist. An Academy Award winner, Buffy was also a regular on Sesame Street and an early pioneer in the use of computers to create art and connect people.
Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life tells us of Buffy’s progression from a baby born on a reserve in rural Saskatchewan and adopted into a 1940s working class American family to her present maturity, and in each life stage she demonstrates a unique creativity, determination, and sense of self. As a world-renowned singer-songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie asks us to probe beneath the surface to hear her political messages. And as a Native American, she implores us to look beyond the stereotypes of her community to see their rich culture. In her music, in her art, and in her role on Sesame Street, Buffy has seamlessly traversed the worlds of creative expression and activism, and of show biz culture and Native culture, balancing them in her personal life and bridging them in the public's eye.
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