Te Ata: An Oklahoma Treasure

Mason Cole

Te Ata was a force of nature. Even in her old age, she was still entertaining audiences with tales of her people, the Chickasaws. Her great-nephew, Mason Cole, believes that it is this spirit of hope, this captivating charisma, that made Te Ata a true Oklahoma treasure.


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