Maria Tallchief died. perhaps the best-known American dancer in the field of ballet. I confess to not following that particular art-form, though I’ve seen a few ballets and was quite impressed with them. I want to honor Maria Tallchief here because she was a fellow Northern Oklahoman, born in Fairfax in the Osage Nation. I drive through the Osage countryside virtually every time I go back home, and in my opinion it’s among the most beautiful landscapes in Oklahoma.
The story of how a young girl from an Indian reservation in the 1930′s went from dancing at rodeos to the New York City Ballet is quite a tale. [Read more...]