Te Ata: A JudyLee Oliva Production

Experience Chickasaw History and Culture

In celebration of the premiere of JudyLee Oliva's theatrical production, Te Ata, this film presents a short but fascinating biography of the woman who inspired a nation. Learn more in Te Ata: Chickasaw Storyteller, American Treasure by tribal historian Richard Green.

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JudyLee Oliva: Quiet Power

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JudyLee Oliva explains that, to her, being Chickasaw means being in possession of a "quiet power that gets things done."

Te Ata, the Play by Dr. JudyLee Oliva

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Dr. JudyLee Oliva's play Te Ata recounts the fascinating journey of this Chickasaw icon.

Te Ata: An Inspiration to Us All

Lona Barrick
Lona Barrick explains how Te Ata became honored as Oklahoma's "first cultural treasure."

Te Ata: The Emerging Artist

Lona Barrick
Lona Barrick illustrates the charismatic charm Te Ata exhibited throughout her very successful career.

Te Ata: An Oklahoma Treasure

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Te Ata was a force of nature. Even in her old age, she was still entertaining audiences with tales of her people, the Chickasaws.

Te Ata: Inspirational Storyteller

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Lisa Billy recounts the ways in which the renowned Chickasaw Te Ata Fisher contradicted the norms of her day.