As a member of the off rich Osage tribe, Maria Tallchief's most important contributions to the Indian cause were her...

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MARIA TALLCHIEF

As a member of the off rich Osage tribe, Maria Tallchief's most important contributions to the Indian cause were her decision to retain her family name and, at the same time, to resist publicists' attempts to capitalize on the ""Indian Princess"" image. While the Osage background and the transition from lonely, disciplined Betty Marie to prima ballerina Maria were more than adequately portrayed in Tobi Tobias' Crowell biography (KR, 1971), Gridley is more candid about Maria's search for self-confidence, for a stable marriage (after two unsuccessful tries) and for ballet roles that could maximize her dramatic potential. Readers in search of Maria Tallchief, Osage, will do just as well to turn to Tobias; this new life merely adds an extra dimension for dance lovers who want more than a glimpse of Maria's on-stage glamor.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1973

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Publisher: Dillon

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1973