American Masters

Buffy Sainte-Marie brought Indigenous representation to TV

Clip: 11/22/2022 | 1m 55s  | Video has closed captioning.

When Buffy Sainte-Marie was asked to play a lead role in the TV series "The Virginian," she also insisted that all of the Indigenous parts be played by Indigenous people—sparking a revolutionary conversation on representation that we are still having today.

Aired: 11/22/22

Rating: NR

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