Singer and songwriter Norine Braun’s new single, “Sleeping Buffalo,” is music that resonates, with an earthy and rich mood that’s deeply rooted in the land and its history.
In the music video, the award winning Indigenous artist walks the land that helped create the music, and the cinematography brings that place very close and she sings about the spirit of the place.
“‘Sleeping Buffalo’ was inspired by a musician residency I did last fall at the Banff Centre,” Braun said. “My musical composing hut was on the ancient Sleeping Buffalo mountain. I felt compelled to honour where I was and began my composing of this place asking in effect for guidance.”
“Historically First Nations people such as the Stoney Nakoda and Blackfoot people travelled here for vision quests and ceremony. The energy of Sleeping Mountain is sacred, dreamy and beckoning. The mountain asks us to look within and to connect to all that is. The video takes you on the path up Sleeping Buffalo mountain and gives us pause to reflect our interconnection to all things.”
Braun’s latest album Through Train Windows was the result of a cross-Canada tour with the Via Rail’s Artists On Board program last fall. “These songs are based on traveling the beautiful, vast Canadian landscape, meeting the diversity of fellow sojourners and the rhythm of the train as it both soothes and inspires.”