Marjorie Tallchief

Marjorie Tallchief

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Marjorie Tallchief

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Vote for the Greatest Native American

191. Marjorie Tallchief (Osage) - Ballerina
She was 21 months younger than her sister, Maria, but Marjorie was a brilliant dancer in her own right. She was the first American to join the Paris Opera Ballet as "Premiere danseuse etoile" and with her sister, founded the Chicago City Ballet in 1981. "Marjorie does not receive the recognition she deserves. Yes, Maria was wonderful and made great strides in race relations and understanding in this country, but so did his sister Marjorie."

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Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain | History

Actors Jane Alexander and Richard Thomas, Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday, Grammy Award winner Leona Mitchell, dancers Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, Academy Award winning director Ross Kauffman, and visual artists Fritz Scholder, Robert Zakanitch, and Richard Avedon have all taught at Quartz Mountain.

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