Buffy Sainte-Marie – My Country ‘Tis Of Thy People You’re Dying

This Canadian-born Cree Indian (First Nation, in Canada) wrote the pop classic “Up Where We Belong.” Her heavy vibrato singing style is off-putting but for this 1966 song, focus on the anger of the lyrics that roll out in cascades of vitriolic verses. That is because Sainte-Marie is first and foremost a folk singing activist for issues concerning indigenous peoples. This most famous song of hers on the topic suggests that her peoples not only have been subjugated and oppressed in North America, but also are not fully aware of how bad their situation has been and remains – given the education system.

More from this artist on this blog: Universal Soldier

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