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March 3, 2023

Contact: Delaney Asbridge
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0789

Oklahoma History Center Announces Screening of 2016 Biographical Film “Te Ata”

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma History Center (OHC) will host a screening of the film “Te Ata.” It will be presented on Saturday, March 11, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Chesapeake Event Center and Gallery. The event is free with paid admission. Admission is first come, first served due to limited space.

This film is a production of the Chickasaw Nation. It is based on the life of Mary Frances Thompson Fisher, best known as Te Ata. She was an actress and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, known for performing songs and stories of her culture. Te Ata performed at the White House and in Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, England, Peru, Guatemala, Canada and Mexico. Te Ata’s career spanned more than 60 years, and she collected hundreds of stories from different tribes. During her performances, she told numerous stories such as “There Are Birds of Many Colors” by Hiamove, “The Creation of Mankind” told to her by her father, “How Death Came into the World,” “Pasikola (Rabbit) was Disconnected,” “Anybody Want a Wife?,” “The Corn Ceremony,” “The Blue Duck” and “Baby Rattlesnake.”

The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. in Oklahoma City. For more information, call 405-522-0765.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


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