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Buffy Sainte-Marie song in Cree

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JOHNNY BE FAIR
NOW THAT THE BUFFALO'S GONE
PINEY WOOD HILLS
THE VAMPIRE
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER
YOU'RE NOT A DREAM (UNTIL IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GO)


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Haruo 17 Oct 00 - 04:38 PM
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Subject: Buffy Sainte-Marie song in Cree
From: Haruo
Date: 17 Oct 00 - 04:38 PM

At least 20 years ago I attended a Buffy Sainte-Marie concert at the Paramount in Seattle, in which she sang a song I had not heard before that was at least partly in her ancestral Cree tongue. I know very little Cree, but I do recall it contained the words "napesis" and "iskwesis" (boy and girl, respectively). I don't recall if it was all in Cree and those were just the only words I caught, or if the bulk of it was in English or maybe French (or conceivably even Mitchif). Does anybody know this song? I also don't know if she wrote it or if it's a true folk song or what.

Liland


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Subject: RE: Buffy Sainte-Marie song in Cree
From: Little Hawk
Date: 17 Oct 00 - 07:38 PM

Hi Liland,

I've got all her old albums, so I will take a look for that one, and get back to you tomorrow, I hope. Gotta go out now for dinner, etc. PM me if I forget about this in the next day or two.

Little Hawk


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Subject: RE: Buffy Sainte-Marie song in Cree
From: Haruo
Date: 26 Oct 00 - 12:53 AM

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Subject: RE: Buffy Sainte-Marie song in Cree
From: Little Hawk
Date: 26 Oct 00 - 10:48 PM

Yeah, sorry, I still haven't found it, and God knows when I will...I'm awfully busy here...


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Subject: RE: Buffy Sainte-Marie song in Cree
From: rangeroger
Date: 26 Oct 00 - 10:54 PM

Looked in my Buffy Ste Marie songbook. Wasn't there.

rr


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Subject: RE: Buffy Sainte-Marie song in Cree
From: macaddict01
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 03:35 AM

The song is called: Isketayo Sewow (Cree Call) and you can find the song on the Native North-American Child: An Odyssey LP and CD


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Subject: RE: Buffy Sainte-Marie song in Cree
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jun 13 - 11:46 PM

tmj@unimelb.edu.au


I think the song is 'Kisakhitin' which, I think, means 'I love you' in Cree. Buffy Ste Marie appears never to have recorded it but it featured in the TV special 'The Many Moods of Buffy Sainte-Marie' back in the early 1980s. The special also included footage of BSM being inducted into the Lakota tribe in Alberta. The song contains a reference to a Lakota elder prophcy that "it would
The song is beautiful, and, stylistically, very much a BSM original. IIt includes the lines -
'Now on some reservation your purification's begun,
It's the 5th generation - the young and the old are as one
Singing : come back to the sweetgrass, back to the pipe and the drum,
and be your future".
BSM refers - almost subliminally - to the song on the last track of 'RUNNING FOR THE DRUM'.


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