In seeking a way to reconcile the lies clearly proven on Fifth Estate, I planned to do the math on her awards. I hoped putting that money against how much she’d gained vs her philanthropic endeavours might soften my anger. The list of awards for her music and service is long, and almost entirely in indigenous categories. With many awards, comes not only the accolades that propel a creative career, but money.
On Buffy’s own website, (or should we call her Beverley now?) under her page on philanthropy, the first sentence reads, “Buffy Sainte-Marie virtually invented the role of Native American international activist pop star.” Seems she’s giving Grey Owl a run for his money on the Pretendian front.
I have been more a fan of her activism than her music. Her music stood out early in her career because she positioned herself uniquely as a ‘little Indian girl’ (her words from the 60’s) and she bullied her own family into staying quiet about it.
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