Te Ata and Ataloa in College

Lona Barrick

Lona Barrick illustrates the relationship between Te Ata and her cousin Ataloa – another successful Chickasaw artist. Together they attended USAO in Chickasha, Oklahoma, and remained great friends for many years thereafter. Learn more in Te Ata: Chickasaw Storyteller, American Treasure by tribal historian Richard Green.


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