Whatcha doin, Buffy? Big Bird asks. Im feeding the baby, see, hes drinking milk from my breast, the woman replies. Thats a funny way to feed a baby, Big Bird says. A lot of mothers feed their babies this way, she says. In 1976, singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie became a regular character on Sesame Street, the now-40-year-old educational children's television show. She said she wanted kids to know that there were still Indians around; she's Cree. But the clip in question isn't about music or heritage -- it's just about Buffy breastfeeding her boy, Dakota Starblanket Wolfchild. It's a brainbreaker; look it up on the intertube. It's also emblematic of the show as a whole, the same brave program that taught us to read, to do math, to help with the soup-making, and to wish we lived in a garbage can. As part of a series called More Muppet Magic: Jim Hensons Legacy, Sesame Street at 40: Milestones on the Street" (Oct. 1-2) presents clips from the show, including bits from the first one! Buffy was not the only character to breastfeed, by the way. Maria did it too. Other programming includes gems from the vault of The Muppet Show, a musical retrospective from Sesame Street, and more.
Oct. 1-30, 2010