FP Patron Chas Clifton scouted up a tempest brewing north of the Medicine Line. Could it be that the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie is a “pretendian”?
…The iconic singer-songwriter’s claims to Indigenous ancestry are being contradicted by members of her own family and an extensive CBC investigation.
Late last year, CBC received a tip that Sainte-Marie is not of Cree ancestry but, in fact, has European roots. She is the latest high-profile public figure whose ancestry story has been contradicted by genealogical documentation, including her own birth certificate, historical research and personal accounts — the latest chapter in the complex and growing debate around Indigenous identity in Canada.
If you want to dive in, the CBC Fifth Estate story is here.
In the wake of the story, the Piapot family issued a statement:
Our names are Debra Piapot, and Ntawnis Piapot. We are direct descendants of Chief Piapot, and we are just two of the many people of the Piapot First Nation who call Buffy Sainte-Marie our relative. She is our Auntie, our relative, and a beloved member of the Piapot family and community. The accusations which are about to be made of our Auntie Buffy are hurtful, ignorant, colonial – and racist. No one, including Canada and its governments, the Indian Act, institutions, media or any person anywhere can deny our family’s inherent right to determine who is a member of our family and community.
I wrote about this at some length back in 2017 when Joseph Boyden — one of my favorite authors — got caught up in the same kind of storm. This stuff is brutal — on those caught in the barrel and on those who invested in people and their art, and feel betrayed. I don’t know if Boyden is even writing anymore.
This is good stuff. Insight into the drover’s life in 17th Century Scotland.
Gotta have a soundtrack…
And a bit of the modern…
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The creators serve up Frank Cho’s take on the iconic character.
Fargo is frequently compared to Conan — if the Cimmerian rode with the Wild Bunch. Cho has now depicted both, and the heads-on-stakes certainly gives his Fargo a Howardian vibe.
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