Up Where She Belongs
THIS MONTH WE’RE ESPECIALLY pleased to bring you a profile of the legendary singer-songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie (“The Buffy Effect,” page 34). In an era when a hit single can be forgotten in a week, it’s remarkable to behold the legacy of Sainte-Marie, whose ability to inspire and transform the lives of others has spanned more than five decades. Billboard’s Best New Artist of 1964 just happens to be one of the most relevant musicians working today.
While many of us are familiar with the Indigenous icon’s famous songs—“Universal Soldier” and “Until It’s Time for You to Go” to name but two—her career and her overall influence have been vastly more expansive. Tuscarora First Nations writer Alicia Elliott brings us a fascinating story that delves into Sainte-Marie’s significant impact in the realms of art, activism, education and technology. I hope you enjoy learning more about this exceptional woman.
We’re also delighted to share with you a piece about the surprising health benefits of human contact (“The Healing Power of Touch,” page 48), a feature exploring the unique challenges of returning pandas to their native habitat (“Pandas Go Wild,” page 66) and a heartwarming classic from our archives about one very unusual chicken (“Green
Eggs and Sam,” page 42). Happy reading!