Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree/Canada. 1941)
Artist included here in our section The World - People & Culture - American Indian People
BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE*
Buffy Sainte-Marie © Gypsy Boy Music-SOCAN
*Learn about Wounded Knee watching this 9'54'' video and post your comments
Read the lyrics of this song at Buffy's site.
When people ask, "What happened to the North American Indians in the 1880s?", you can pretty much point to the robber barons of the time who needed to make a fortune in oil, gold and other precious metals. Simple greed in the hands of a powerful few who manipulated the media and politicians. When people ask, "What happened to the Indian movement of the sixties and seventies?", you can pretty much point to the same motives a hundred years later, with uranium added to the list in very big print.
The shocking information in this song is not new, but strung together; the events tell a story that most non-Indian people don't know. Dedicated to Leonard Peltier, the memory of Anna Mae Aquash and Joseph Stuntz.
Read some information about the Indian Historical References in the song by Tyson Yunkaporta
Below you'll find the bits where we find names you can learn about here on Talking People, too.