Maria Tallchief was the United States' first prima ballerina, and she was the first Native American to really break into the world of ballet. She and her family were part of the Osage Nation, and they were well-off thanks to oil on their Oklahoma land. Her mother wanted Maria and her sister to be educated in the arts, so their training in music and dance began when they were very young.
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Episode link: Maria Tallchief
- Acocella, Joan. "Postscript: Maria Tallchief (1925-2013)." The New Yorker. April 16, 2013. http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/postscript-maria-tallchief-1925-2013
- Anderson, Jack. "Maria Tallchief, a Dazzling Ballerina and Muse for Balanchine, Dies at 88." The New York Times. April 12, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/13/arts/dance/maria-tallchief-brilliant-ballerina-dies-at-88.html?pagewanted=all
- Anderson, John and Sid Smith. "Maria Tallchief Dead at 88." Chicago Tribune. April 12, 2013. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-04-12/entertainment/ct-ent-0413-tallchief-obit-20130413_1_joffrey-ballet-chicago-city-ballet-ballet-students
- "Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2014. http://www.biography.com/people/maria-tallchief-9501522.
- "Maria Tallchief in George Balanchine's Firebird." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y_tWR07F7Y
- Rousseau, Caryn. "Maria Tallchief Dies, Leaves Legacy as First American Prima Ballerina." Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor. April 13, 2013. http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Latest-News-Wires/2013/0413/Maria-Tallchief-dies-leaves-legacy-as-first-American-prima-ballerina
- Tallchief, Maria, with Larry Kaplan. "Maria Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina."New York: Henry Holt, 1997.
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