Native North American Child: An Odyssey

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
In more than 30 years of performing, composer and songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie has turned her energies to love songs, political protests, and Native-American issues and voiced a deep concern for the American land and landscape. NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN CHILD, a selection of 12 previously released tunes, touches all these areas. "Moonshot" presents Sainte-Marie's often elliptical approach to the subject of love, while "Poppies" displays her original vocal style. Meanwhile, "Soldier Blue" is perhaps the most complex protest song to outlive the Vietnam era; its theme being that there are other ways to love one's native land than by serving as a soldier. Buffy Sainte-Marie is...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
In more than 30 years of performing, composer and songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie has turned her energies to love songs, political protests, and Native-American issues and voiced a deep concern for the American land and landscape. NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN CHILD, a selection of 12 previously released tunes, touches all these areas. "Moonshot" presents Sainte-Marie's often elliptical approach to the subject of love, while "Poppies" displays her original vocal style. Meanwhile, "Soldier Blue" is perhaps the most complex protest song to outlive the Vietnam era; its theme being that there are other ways to love one's native land than by serving as a soldier. Buffy Sainte-Marie is best known as a Native-American voice, and "Cree Call," previously unavailable on CD, is a song in her people's language. Native-American themes emerge in the lighthearted bounce of "He's an Indian Cowboy in the Rodeo," the wry humor of "Now That the Buffalo's Gone," and the stark truths of the thought-provoking "My Country 'Tis of Thy People You're Dying." Sainte-Marie's unique ability to blend suggestions of hope and healing with the hard realities of life is especially apparent in her tribute to her northern homeland in "The Piney Wood Hills" and the driving affirmations of Native life in "Native North American Child."
All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Buffy Sainte-Marie has always been a good deal more versatile as a musician than most people realize, roaming through folk, blues, country, pop, and even electronica on her various albums, always using her Cree ancestry as an anchor, and very few singers have dealt with cultural polemics as intelligently as she has. Perhaps because of her restless drive to try new forms, Sainte-Marie's albums are often woefully erratic and inconsistent, but each contains hidden gems, and while her eerie, vibrato-laden singing style can sound affected at times, her drive to constantly pull her agenda into new musical territories is inspiring. Native North American Child is a best-of collection of sorts, originally released in 1974 at the end of her long run with Vanguard Records, but it has an obvious theme as it traces the indigenous strain of Sainte-Marie's writing, opening with one of her best early songs, "Now That the Buffalo's Gone," and closing with another, the beautiful "Little Wheel Spin and Spin." In between, listeners are treated to the extremes of Sainte-Marie's view of the modern world. "Poppies," from 1969's brave electronic experiment Illuminations, is a haunting and deeply atmospheric piece of musical vérité, while -- at the opposite end of the scale -- "The Piney Wood Hills" is a simple country shuffle full of autobiographical yearning. There are arguably better collections out there that do a better job of spanning Sainte-Marie's career, but Native North American Child does a wonderful job of defining her central themes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707934022
  • Catalog Number: 79340
  • Sales rank: 171,974

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buffy Sainte-Marie Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Buffy Sainte-Marie Producer
Elmer Gordon Producer
Maynard Solomon Producer
Norbert Putnam Producer
Bob Lurie Producer
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