Equal parts activist, educator, songwriter, performer and visual artist, Buffy Sainte–Marie is an untiring champion for indigenous people and the environment through her music, art, education projects and by taking direct political action. One of the most enduring and popular Native American performers, her music has touched millions of people around the world. From her start in New York City’s Greenwich Village in the early 1960s alongside Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, Buffy made a name for herself as a gifted songwriter, writing hits for Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond. Her most well–known song is the Academy Award–winning “Up Where We Belong” from the film An Officer And A Gentlemen, but her most acclaimed song is “Universal Soldier,” one of the first anti–Viet Nam war anthems to inspire a generation of activists. Her first new album in 6 years, Power In The Blood, her latest album, released in 2015 was acclaimed by CBC as the most important album of all time, and won the Polaris Music Prize as the best Canadian album of the year.
Buffy Sainte-Marie’s huge art works were among the first digital work to be seen in museums and galleries across North America. Her art has been exhibited at the Glenbow Museum (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), the Emily Carr Gallery (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), the Mackenzie Gallery (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada), the Institute for American Indian Art Museum (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA), The Isaacs Gallery (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Ramscale Gallery (New York, New York, USA), the G.O.C.A.I.A. Gallery, (Tucson, Arizona, USA) and the Tucson Museum of Art where her self portrait Hands is part of the permanent collection.