Marjorie Tallchief - France & USA - 1948: Marjorie Tallchief was a ballerina of Osage Nation heritage. She is the sister of ballerina Maria Tallchief and was the first Native American to become "primere danseuse etoile" in the Paris Opera Ballet. #womens #history #indigenous #women #artists #athletes
Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief was the considered America's first major prima ballerina, and was the first person of Native American descent to hold the rank. Also a wife of Balanchine, who choreographed Stravinsky's "Firebird" and many other roles for her.
Maria Tallchief, Brilliant American Ballerina Who Broke Barriers, Dies
Ballerina Maria Tallchief: A daughter of an Osage Indian father & a Scottish-Irish mother. She was one of 5 dancers of Indian heritage, all born in Oklahoma at roughly the same time, who came to be called the Oklahoma Indian ballerinas, including her sister Marjorie. Growing up at a time when many American dancers adopted Russian stage names, Ms.Tallchief, proud of her Indian heritage, refused to do so, even though friends told her that it would be easy to transform Tallchief into…
Maria Tallchief was not only the first American prima ballerina, but was the first famous Native American ballet dancer. Dancing for Balanchine, the Ballets Russe, Agnes DeMille, New York City Ballet, eventually marrying Balanchine. Considered not only technically perfect but able to bring a passion and fire to roles that made her a true international star. She died age 88 in April 2013.
Jim Thorpe in traditional regalia. With his semipro baseball career apparently only a memory, Thorpe made the U.S. team for the Olympic Games at Stockholm in 1912. There he became the only athlete ever to win both the pentathlon and the decathlon.