Chickasaw storyteller and actress Te Ata (Mary Frances Fisher).
Te Ata (1895-1995) created one woman shows that highlighted Native American folklore through dance, music, and storytelling. A member of the Chickasaw tribe, Te Ata traveled widely and incorporated traditions from other Native American cultures into her performances. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were among her admirers and Te Ata was invited to perform at both the White House and Hyde Park.
Richard Green, tribal historian for the Chickasaw Nation, published a biography of Te Ata in 2006 (Amazon). Chickasaw playwright JudyLee Olivia wrote a play based on the life of Te Ata. The play won the Five Civilized Tribes’ Best American Indian Musical Award in 2000.