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 Buffy Sainte-Marie brings 'American Indians and Cyberspace' to SRU 




February 20, 2007

Contact: K.E. Schwab  



Buffy Sainte-Marie brings 'American Indians and Cyberspace' to SRU


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Buffy Sainte-Marie, a Cree singer and former "Sesame Street" regular who along with her son Dakota reminded children that "Indians still exist," will visit Slippery Rock University Nov. 19 to sing and lecture about "American Indians and Cyberspace."  

           The 11 a.m. lecture is in the University Union followed by a 12:30 p.m. luncheon. 

           Sainte-Marie will lead a workshop about her Cradleboard Teaching Project at 2 p.m., followed by an open reception at 3:45 p.m. Both events are in the Pennsylvania Room of North Hall. 

           Sainte-Marie's song collection includes "Universal Soldier," "Until It's Time for You to Go" and "Up Where We Belong," all popular in the 1960s when she performed in concert.  

            Sainte-Marie earned her doctorate in fine arts and has degrees in eastern philosophy and education. An educator and visual artist before she was known as a singer, she lectures on a variety of topics, including film scoring, electronic music, songwriting, Native-American studies, the Cradleboard Teaching Project, women's issues and Native-American government. 

           An adjunct professor at York University in Toronto and Saskatchewan Indian Federated College in Regina, both in Canada, Sainte-Marie was an Evans Chair Scholar at the Evergreen State College in Washington. She has also taught at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. 

            She operates the Nihewan Foundation for Native American Education whose Cradleboard Teaching Project serves Indian and non-Indian children and teachers in 18 states. The program offers partnering programs and teaching materials in social studies, geography and science "through native eyes."  

            Her SRU visit is sponsored by the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, the President's Commission on Diversity, College of Education, Office of Academic Affairs, and the English department. More information is available from, or Rachella Permenter, professor of English, at 724.738.2358.

           For luncheon reservations call 724.738.2043.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.




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