- About Us
- Writing Programs
- Undergraduate Studies
- Graduate Studies
- News & Events
- Class Descriptions
- Program Areas
- Faculty Resources
- Employment Opportunities
- Supporting the Department
- Contact Us
The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 :: "Detoxifying Aboriginal Self-perception and Outward Identity"
Buffy Sainte-Marie, Musician, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
7 p.m. | Heard Museum Downtown | 2301 N. Central Avenue (Central & Encanto), Phoenix, AZ 85004
602.252.8848 | On the Encanto & Central Light Rail stop!
Buffy Sainte-Marie: "I believe that people do want to know each other. I think it's always about the deep longing for respect."
Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. Her career as an Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter has spanned genres, continents, and generations. She emerged onto the music stage in the 1960s during the folk music era, but even then was writing songs that would become international classics in the worlds of country, rock, rap, jazz, and pop. Chet Atkins, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Neko Case, Glenn Campbell, Courtney Love, Barbra Streisand, Joe Cocker, and Cam’ron—all have covered her songs, as have hundreds of other artists in 13 different languages.
This kind of diversity has brought both adoration and criticism. In a world where most people stick to only one category, fans who came to hear folk or country have been surprised to hear her huge hits from other charts. The music of Buffy Sainte-Marie has withstood the tests of both time and technology as songs, samples, covers, and movie scores continue to be discovered by new fans, building upon her expanding song book year after year.
Her latest CD, Running for the Drum, won a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) in 2009 and in September of the same year she was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Sainte-Marie is also recipient of two Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards—including one for Lifetime Achievement— and six honorary doctorates in art, letters, music, and law from various Canadian institutions.
Photo of Buffy Sainte-Marie by Denise Grant
ASU Campus Event
March 2014: EDGAR HEAP OF BIRDS (Cheyenne and Arapaho), Public Artist, Norman, OK
October 2014: SANDY OSAWA (Makah), Filmmaker, Seattle, WA
James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseño): "Phantasmagoria" Mar. 21, 2013
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2013/05/15/phantasmagoria | Poster: PDF
Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O'odham): "Legacies of the Tribal Languages of Arizona: Gifts or Responsibilities?" Oct. 11, 2012
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2012/11/26/ep121_zepeda | Poster: PDF
Arlinda Locklear (Lumbee): "Tribal Land Claims: A Generation of Federal Indian Law on the Edge." Oct. 6, 2011
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2011/11/15/ep116_locklear | Poster: PDF
Leroy Little Bear (Blackfoot): "Native Science and Western Science: Possibilities for a Powerful Collaboration." Mar. 24, 2011
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2011/05/16/ep114_littlebear | Poster: PDF
Kathryn Shanley (Assiniboine): "'Mapping' Indigenous Futures: Creating a Native Voice in Higher Education." Oct. 7, 2010
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2010/11/29/ep110_kshanley | Poster: PDF
Peterson Zah (Navajo): "Finally, We Are Growing Our Own." Mar. 25, 2010
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2010/04/22/ep106_petersonzah | Poster: PDF
Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo): An Evening with Leslie Marmon Silko, reading from memoir, Turquoise Ledge. Oct. 8, 2009
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2009/12/14/ep102_silko | Poster: PDF
Gerald Taiaiake Alfred (Kahnawake Mohawk): "Resurgence of Traditional Ways of Being: Indigenous Paths of Action and Freedom." Mar. 23, 2009
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2009/04/20/ep96_taiaikealfred | Poster: PDF
Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee): "Challenges Facing 21st Century Indigenous People." Oct. 2, 2008
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2008/10/20/ep84_wilmamankiller | Poster: PDF
Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone): "Violence over the Land: Lessons from the Early American West." Jan. 28, 2008
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2008/02/21/ep89_nedblackhawk | Poster: PDF
To speak and act on behalf of ourselves as a human, social and cultural world, we are required to speak and act on behalf of land, culture, and community. No matter who we are, no matter what our livelihood is, and no matter what our inclinations are, we are bound by a relationship to the land upon which we live, the cultural knowledge by which we are guided, and the community we share with one another.
The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community at Arizona State University addresses topics and issues across disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and politics. Underscoring Indigenous American experiences and perspectives, this series seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive Indigenous worldview and that is applicable to all walks of life.
The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community seeks to speak, act, offer, and share in order to assume responsibility for land, culture, community that is our world.
ASU Sponsors: American Indian Policy Institute | American Indian Studies Program | Department of English | School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies | Indian Legal Program in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law | Labriola National American Indian Data Center | School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts | Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation
Community Partner: Heard Museum