Monday, September 6, 2010

Strong Women - Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief was brought to my attention after starting this Strong Women series.
I had not heard of her.  Thanks Mary Jane!
Reading about her, I found her fascinating.
She was born January 24, 1925 in Fairfax, Oklahoma on the Osage Indian Reservation.
She had to overcome prejudice to become a well known ballerina.
You can read more about her at

I am always impressed and notice a strong woman that can overcome animosity and prejudice to succeed in life and Maria Tallchief definitely succeeded as a beautiful ballerina and creator of her own  life story.

Do you know any strong woman that has persevered and overcome great challenges?
Who is she and does she inspire you to be more of who you can be?


Time Traveling in Costume said...

I went through a period where I was obsessed with ballet and the dancers, and wanted to read everything about them. I was struck by Gelsey Kirkland after seeing her in the Nutcracker with Mikail Baryshnikov. She wrote Dancing on my Grave.
The other artist who impressed me was Natalia Makarova.
I don't see much emphasess being put on them anymore. It's a shame people would rather see Dancing with the Stars, although some of them seem to be ballet dancers.

koralee said...

Wow...she is an inspiration. I am off to check out the link on her.

Thank you for sharing.

Have a great week my friend. xoxo

parTea lady said...

Maria Tallchief was an interesting woman. That is a lovely photo of her. Thanks for the link.

krys kirkpatrick said...

Oh absolutely, I think most women are strong just because we are women. But in my life I am surrounded by them. You can't be in business and not be of some frightfully strong fortitude.

Cathy said...

I'm curious to learn more about her. Lovely post, Marilyn. I'm learning a lot from your series.

Annie said...

I remember her clearly from when I was a young girl. She was featured in Life magazine and made a huge impression on me.