In theaters in the United States and Canada now, Rumble explores the history of Native Americans in popular music. One of the most striking aspects of this fascinating documentary, as the New York Times points out, is how few people actually knew that these artists were Native American at all.


The Sundance award winning-film was inspired by the exhibition “Up Where We Belong,” which is also the title of the hit song by Buffy Sainte-Marie who makes an appearance in the documentary. A Cree singer-songwriter born in Canada, Sainte-Marie has been a folksinging icon since her 1964 debut album It's My Way!. She also wrote “Til It’s Time for You to Go” and “The Universal Soldier,” sang with Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, and the Muppets, among others.

 


Buffy Saint-Marie's 1964 debut album.
 

Audiences may be less of aware of her recent history as both a critical voice for indigenous issues and the recipient of the Polaris Prize, Canada’s top musical honor. Prior to her season-opening performance on September 22, Stanford Live Executive Director Chris Lorway will engage in a preshow discussion with Steve Jordan, founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize.

 

Upcoming Event: Friday, Sept 22
Canadian folk legend Buffy Sainte-Marie performs at Bing Concert Hall.

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