Maria Tallchief

"Above all, I wanted to be appreciated as a prima ballerina who happened to be a Native American, never as someone who was an American Indian ballerina,"


  • First American to dance at the Paris Opera Ballet
  • First prima ballerina at the New York City Ballet
  • Founded and was the artistic director of the Chicago City Ballet
  • Won the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors
  • In the National Women's Hall of Fame