Te Ata, Chickasaw Icon: A Life in Pictures [15 Images]
With casting well underway, more details are emerging about the Chickasaw Nation's planned biopic of Te Ata.
According to a release from the Chickasaw Nation, Te Ata will begin filming in September, at numerous Oklahoma locations, including Tishomingo and several other locations within the Chickasaw Nation, as well as sites in Guthrie and Oklahoma City. The movie will be directed by Nathan Frankowski.
"The open calls have been going very well," says casting director Beverly Holloway. "Overall the response from everyone has been very positive and we have seen a variety of people from all different backgrounds, including many who are Native American from many tribes throughout the country."
Te Ata, born Mary Frances Thompson, was a storyteller whose performances helped to bridge cultural gaps in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She famously performed in front of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the British Royal Family.
"Te Ata stands as a shining example of how artistic expression can change hearts and minds in a way that helps bring diverse cultures together," says Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. "She brought the beauty and wisdom of Native American culture to the world in a way that helped develop greater appreciation for core values such as basic human kindness and respect for the natural world. We believe film is a great way to tell our own story and preserve the legacy of Te Ata and other Chickasaws who have made a difference in the world."
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