My World – Oklahoma’s Indian Ballerinas

The Yogi’s spent some time Saturday afternoon at the Tulsa History Center. Among other things we found was a series of sculptures entitled “The Five Moons.” It consists of five sculptures by Gary Henson and Monte England depicting the Five Oklahoma Indian ballerinas who achieved international acclaim in the 1940’s to the 1960’s for their dancing. After their dancing careers, they continued in various teaching and director roles in the dance fields for decades.

Picnik collage Indian Ballerinas #1

Indian Ballerina's #2

First row, from left to right: Yvonne Chouteau (Shawnee Tribe), Rosella Hightower (Choctaw Tribe), Moscelyne Larkin (Peoria-Shawnee tribe)

Second row, left, Marjorie Tallchief, (Osage Nation), and then her sister Maria Tallchief.

The achievements and contributions to the world that these women made are many.  For example, Maria Tallchief originated the role of the Sugar Plum fairy in the Balanchine version of The Nutcracker. Click on the links to find out more about them.

In 1997 these women were honored by the State of Oklahoma as State Treasures. We Okies are very proud of them.

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Here is a link to a YouTube video featuring Rudolf Nureyev dancing with Maria Tallchief.

18 thoughts on “My World – Oklahoma’s Indian Ballerinas

  1. Sylvia K

    Fantastic post!! I knew of Maria Tallchief, but not the others. This is a fantastic memorial to very deserving Native Americans and I’m so glad it happened in Oklahoma!! The statues are gorgeous! Terrific photos! Thanks for this one for sure!! Enjoy your day!


  2. Jill of All Trades

    I remember my mother talking about Maria Tallchief. I always wondered how she knew of her when I know that she never went to a ballet but mother was very in the know about ballet and opera.

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