Portrait of Buffy Sainte-Marie
Oil on linen
Copyright Rose Adare 2012
As an award winning rock and roll legend, Buffy rose to stardom even when her protest songs were banned from the radio by Lyndon Johnson.
As both a vehement pacifist and the guitar of the Red Power movement, she participated in the Occupation of Alcatraz, ferrying to the island on a boat provided by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Teaming up with Jim Henson, she became a regular on Sesame Street, becoming the first woman to breast-feed her son on public access TV. Founding the Cradleboard Teaching Project for the education of Native American issues, Buffy has always kept Native culture in the public eye.
Her song “Up Where We Belong,” performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes in the film An Officer and a Gentleman, won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
In 1997 Buffy’s variety special Up Where We belong also won the Canadian Gemini Award, while Buffy’s full discography received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2010.
With her 2008 release of Running for the Drum, Buffy continues to sing on tour, her powerful message calling for a peace so often forgotten.