My Country 'Tis of Thy People are Dying

Buffy Ste. Marie:  My Country 'Tis of Thy People are Dying

Quiz by Sharon Michiko Yoneda

artist:  Buffy Ste. Marie

songwriter:  Buffy Ste. Marie

date released:  1966 by Buffy Ste. Marie

****Recently there has been a lot of new information published by the CBC about the real origins of Buffy Sainte-Marie and her fake indigeneity.  Personally, I am interested in her music and not her narratives.  I will not change these notes as I am unsure what the real truth is.  I don't think anyone really knows, including Buffy herself.  In any event, enjoy her music and keep on building those listening skills.

Although this song was recorded in 1966, it still resonates with relevance in modernity.  Buffy Ste. Marie is now an elder past eighty years old;  yet, she doesn't feel much different from when was 17 or 52--- “It’s all the same.”  Depending on who is talking, conditions for Indigenous people have changed a lot after Canada's Truth and Reconciliation legislation; but the Indigenous people think they haven't changed enough.

 This song is a history lesson that was written in the 60s before the general public knew about the atrocities committed against Aboriginal people.  Their history was not taught comprehensively in Euro-Canadian schools.  Now all that is about to change, and this song can assist with it.  It's lengthy and like a dirge in its tone, but it's worthy for in-class discussions and group projects.  

Buffy Ste. Marie is interviewed with The National

A documentary on Buffy Ste. Marie text - Montserrat - normal style - 11