Te Ata: Chickasaw Storyteller, American Treasure

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University of Oklahoma Press, Jan 20, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages

In 1987, Te Ata (1895–1995) became the first person ever declared an “Oklahoma Treasure.” Throughout a sixty-year career, her performances of American Indian folklore enchanted a wide variety of audiences, from European royalty to Americans of all ages, and Indians from across the American continents from Canada to Peru.

Richard Green’s beautifully written biography of Te Ata is based on extensive research in the artist’s personal papers, memorabilia, and the letters and photographs exchanged between Te Ata and her husband, Clyde Fisher.

 

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Contents

Prologue
3
Listening to the Corn Grow
7
CHAPTER2 Oklahoma College for Women
27
CHAPTER3 Chautauqua Experiences
45
Carnegie Tech and the Great White Way
62
Command Performances in England
81
Clyde Fisher
99
From Lake Te Ata to the White House 447
117
Heart Loaded Down and Heavy 248
218
Loon Island
231
Te Ata and Clyde Fisher at Central Park
236
Clyde Fisher and Albert Einstein
244
Final Journeys
246
Sun Dance of the Bloods
258
Te Ata Chief Jack Hind Bull and his wife
264
Alone
272

CoasttoCoast Honeymoon 435
135
Talking Leaves and Repertoire Building 452
152
Performance program
154
Sailing Big Waters 470
170
Peruvian Expedition 486
186
Peter and Madgalene Freuchen with Te Ata and Clyde Fisher 479
191
Hyde Park and the Mississippi Homeland
200
Thomas Thompson
202
Te Ata entertaining the Roosevelts and the king
209
Te Ata and Nannie Willis in 1939 246
216
Clyde Fisher
279
Epilogue
288
Te Ata at age seventyseven
290
Afterword by Rayna Green and John Troutman
297
Notes
309
Bibliography
335
Sources and Acknowledgments
341
Index
345
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About the author (2006)

Chickasaw Nation Tribal Historian Richard Green is the founding editor of The Journal of Chickasaw History and author of the award-winning biography Te Ata: Chickasaw Storyteller, American Treasure.

John W. Troutman is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

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