April 13, 2013 12:38 AM Subscribe
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"If anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away." American ballerina Maria Tallchief
A native of Oklahoma, she was descended from the Osage Nation. She began dancing at a young age and studied with another formidable woman of ballet, Bronislava Njinska
. At age 17, she joined the Ballets Russes
and went on to become the first-ever prima ballerina
of Native American descent.
During the course of her 88 years
Her sister, Marjorie Tallchief
, was also a prima ballerina.