Chickasaw Outpost celebrates Native American Heritage Month

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Release Date: November 13, 2018

The Chickasaw Outpost is offering a 20 percent discount for Te Ata and Bearer of the Morning: The life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher DVDs and Blu-Rays throughout the month of November to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

Produced by Chickasaw Nation Productions, the films follow the life of Mary Frances “Te Ata” Thompson Fisher as she embraces the Chickasaw tradition of storytelling and transforms herself into the world-renowned performer, Te Ata.

Each film tells Te Ata’s story in a unique way. Te Ata, a full-length feature film, stars Q'orianka Kilcher, Gil Birmingham and Graham Green.

Bearer of the Morning tells Te Ata’s story in a traditional documentary format. Historic video footage, voice-overs and interviews of Te Ata gives viewers a glimpse into her life and performances as told by herself and contemporary historians. Viewers discover how this dynamic Chickasaw woman successfully navigated social, geographic and cultural distances to become one of the most successful Native American performers in history.

By studying and performing traditional Native American stories, Te Ata overturned negative stereotypes and advocated the preservation of Indigenous American cultures. Te Ata kept her Chickasaw heritage close to her heart and shared the unique story and spirit of the Chickasaw people.

Educational curriculum for elementary and secondary students to learn more about Mary “Te Ata” Thompson Fisher, and the role she played in shaping the Chickasaw Nation and the United States of America can also be downloaded at To learn more about the Chickasaw Nation, visit

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