Thursday, 14 February 2013

Buffy at Idle No More, Winnipeg

Buffy Sainte-Marie was a guest speaker - and singer - at an Idle No More rally about the rights of indigenous peoples in Winnipeg. Buffy is still sticking it to The Man.

Buffy has been campaigning and promoting the culture of her people for nearly five decades and is still doing it with dignity and persuasive arguments. She ends her short talk with a rendition of 'Darling Don't Cry', a song based on a Cree round-dance. I first saw Buffy play this song live 8 years ago (almost to the day) in the small town of Belleville outside Toronto in an audience of mainly Native Americans. I still get a frisson of delight when I remember the audience erupting into pow wow singing, joining in with Buffy. It was an astonishing moment.

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