20 February 1941, Piapot Reserve, Saskatchewan, Canada. Adopted and raised in Maine and Massachusetts, Sainte-Marie received a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Massachusetts, but eschewed a teaching career in favour of folk singing. She was signed to Vanguard Records in 1964, following her successful performances at Gerdes Folk City. Her debut Its My Way! introduced a remarkable compositional and performing talent. Sainte-Maries impassioned plea for Indian rights, Now That The Buffalos Gone, reflected her native-American parentage and was one of several stand out tracks, along with Codine and The Universal Soldier. The latter was recorded, successfully, by Donovan, which helped to introduce her to a wider audience. Her second selection included Until Its Time For You To Go, a haunting love song that was later recorded by Elvis Presley. However, Sainte-Marie was also a capable...
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