A Look at the Life of Osage Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Osage ballerina Maria Tallchief broke ground for American Indian ballet dancers and not only married George Balanchine, she inspired him. She walked on Thursday, April 11 at a hospital in Chicago. She was 88.
Tallchief was one of five Native ballerinas from Oklahoma to gain fame in the ballet world starting in the 1940s.
She was born Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief on January 24, 1925 in Fairfax, Oklahoma and grew up on the Osage reservation.