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Mohawk mentor: Buffy Sainte-Marie on Pauline Johnson

The Story

In the second segment of a two-part 1984 interview, Buffy Sainte-Marie talks about her work as an author and Sesame Street performer. She says her "great unfulfilled ambition" is to portray Pauline Johnson, a woman she sees as her forerunner, in a film about the Mohawk poet's life. Johnson also talks about her spiritual practice and offers advice to aspiring Indigenous stars: " you have to be bold enough to ask for what you need and you have to be good enough to get it."

Medium: Radio
Program: Our Native Land
Broadcast Date: Aug. 25, 1984
Guest: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Host: Brian Maracle
Duration: 11:41
This clip has been edited for copyright reasons.

Did You know?

• CBC Digital Archives also has a 1979 interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie in which she talks about working on Sesame Street with her young son, Indigenous people getting shut out of Hollywood movies, and the importance of breast feeding.


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