Portland Community Media Center to air Chickasaw Nation films

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Release Date: March 07, 2022

The Chickasaw Nation Productions’ feature film “Pearl” and documentaries “Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World” and “Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher” from the Chickasaw Heritage Series, will be shown on Portland Community Media Center, OpenSignalPDX.org/cable.

The channels all refer to Comcast Xfinity channels. The channels are Independent Television Network 1 (ITN1) (channel 22 for SD and 322 for HD), which covers Portland, and Independent Television Network 2 (ITN2) (channel 23 for SD and 323 for HD), which covers Portland and Multnomah County.

The film and documentaries can also be viewed online at WatchOpenSignalPDX.org/cable.

View times and channels for “Pearl”:

Channel 23/323: Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m.

Channel 22/322: Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m.

Channel 23/323: Wednesday, March 23 at 8 p.m.

View times and channels for “Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World”:

Channel 22/322: Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m.

Channel 23/323: Monday, March 21 at 8:30 p.m.

Channel 23/323: Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.

View times and channels for “Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher”:

Channel 22/322: Thursday, March 10 at 8 p.m.

Channel 23/323: Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

Channel 22/322: Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m.


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 Carter Scott: On Top of the World”

The daughter of a successful businessman in Marlow, Oklahoma, Pearl Carter Scott 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." Scott was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 1995. She was also inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame and the International Women's Air and Space Museum Hall of Fame.

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

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.

Chickasaw curriculum

“Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher” and “Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World” have been incorporated into online curricula produced by the Chickasaw Nation for elementary and secondary school levels. These and other lessons are available to home-school and public school educators by visiting Chickasaw.net/Curriculum.

These lessons include reference materials and photographs presented much like a textbook and will be of interest to anyone looking to dig deeper into the history and culture of the Chickasaw people.

Every lesson of the Chickasaw Nation curriculum is aligned with Oklahoma Academic Standards as outlined by the Oklahoma State Department of Education social studies guide.

Areas of study include history, social studies, geography and government. Students who dive into these studies will develop skills, including reading, writing, critical thinking, test taking and artistic creation.

Each lesson is complete with its own lesson plan, reading material, discussion questions, student activity and reference list for convenience. This material can be easily incorporated into any educational setting.