Missoula Community Access Television to air Chickasaw Film Productions

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Release Date: March 04, 2021

Chickasaw Nation Productions documentaries “Pearl,” “Pearl, On Top of the World” and “Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson” from the Chickasaw Heritage Series will air Wednesday, March 10 on Missoula Community Access Television Channel 189 in Missoula, Montana.

“Pearl” will be shown at 8:30 p.m., “Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World” will be shown at 10:15 p.m. and “Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson” will be shown at 11 p.m.

Additional viewing information can be found at mcat.org.


Set in 1920s rural Oklahoma, “Pearl” is based on the remarkable true story of Chickasaw aviatrix, Pearl Carter Scott – the youngest licensed pilot in American history. Mentored by world-renowned aviator Wiley Post, Pearl first pilots a plane at the age of 12 and becomes a commercial pilot and local celebrity before she reaches adulthood. As she finds love and becomes a wife and mother, her two greatest passions collide.

“Pearl, On Top of the World”

“Pearl, On Top of the World” is a documentary that shares the life story of the late Pearl Carter Scott, focusing on more than her flying career. The daughter of a successful businessman in Marlow, Oklahoma, Pearl was a dedicated and proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She aspired, until her passing in 2005, to do "whatever is necessary to help my fellow Chickasaws."

“Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson”

The story follows the life of Mary “Te Ata” Thompson Fisher as she embraces the Chickasaw tradition of storytelling and transforms herself into the world-renowned performer, Te Ata. By studying and performing traditional First American stories, Te Ata worked to help overturn negative stereotypes and advocate for 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.

In this one-hour documentary, discover how this dynamic Chickasaw woman successfully navigated the social, geographic and cultural distances to become one of the most successful First American performers in history.