Native American Heritage

When recognizing contributions to our country, the First Americans must be remembered.

Maria Tallchief (1925-2013), Prima Ballerina

  • First American dancer to become a prima ballerina;
  • Overcame skepticism about whether a Native American could achieve greatness in classical ballet

Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief was born on an Indian reservation in Fairfax, Oklahoma in 1925. Her mother was of Irish and Scottish descent and her father was a member of the Osage tribe.

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