Buffy Sainte-Marie

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Buffy (Beverly) Sainte-Marie, folksinger and composer, is the daughter of Cree Indian parents and was born on the Piapot Reserve at Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada on February 20, 1941. Orphaned when she was very young, she was adopted by Albert and Winifred Sainte-Marie of Wakefield. Her parents, who are part Indian themselves, raised her in Wakefield.

She graduated from Wakefield Memorial High School in 1958 and then went to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she performed as a folk singer in coffee houses. Her success led her to a career in folk singing, and she performed around the world as well as making a number of recordings.

Among her more famous songs are "Cripple Creek", "Until it's time for you to go", and "Universal soldier".