Up Where She Be­longs

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Editor's Letter - Send an email to do­minique@rd.ca

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!

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