Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Wed 06 Sep - Wed 13 Sep, 2000
(Session 382)

no photo available Buffy Sainte-Marie (Faculty)

Country/Region: United States of America

Cradleboard Teaching Project

Founder, The Cradleboard Teaching Project; Songwriter and Recording Artist, Kapaa, Hawaii

Buffy Sainte-Marie is founder and president of the Cradleboard Teaching Project in Hawaii, which aims to increase public awareness of Native American culture. Dr. Sainte-Marie conducts the Cradleboard 101 Teacher Training Workshops for teachers and college level educators in the United States and Canada. She also serves on First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Committee to Save America’s Treasures. Dr. Sainte-Marie is founder and former president of the Nihewan Foundation for Native American Education. She is best known as an Academy Award winning songwriter, and for her work on television’s Sesame Street, where she taught about Native American people and culture. In 1967, she began her groundbreaking work in electronic music when she recorded the first electronic quadraphonic vocal album, and began scoring movies using computers as her instrument. Her huge digital paintings were also the first large scale works to appear in museums and galleries in North America. Dr. Sainte-Marie was Native American Philanthropist of the Year in 1997, and in 1998 the American Indian College Fund presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1999, Canada awarded her the Order of Canada. Dr. Sainte-Marie received a B.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in fine arts from the University of Massachusetts.