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Film about Chickasaw storyteller debuts in Ada

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Posing for photos at the premiere of "Te Ata" in Ada. (KTEN) Posing for photos at the premiere of "Te Ata" in Ada. (KTEN)
"Te Ata" had its public debut at the historic McSwain Theatre in Ada. (KTEN) "Te Ata" had its public debut at the historic McSwain Theatre in Ada. (KTEN)
Q’orianka Kilcher portrays Te Ata in the film about the famed Chickasaw storyteller. (KTEN) Q’orianka Kilcher portrays Te Ata in the film about the famed Chickasaw storyteller. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- "Te Ata," the true story of legendary Chickasaw storyteller Mary Thompson Fisher, premiered in Ada Wednesday night.

A star-studded cast came to Texoma for the first public showing of the film documenting the life of Te Ata, as Fisher was known.

She defied stereotypes for both Native Americans and women.

"She was a wonderful leader; she was a great performer. She broke through barriers," Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said.

The movie, set in the early 1900s, will be shown in theaters across the country. The movie's stars hope the film will break barriers as well.

"Through art or stories, people are connected," said Q’orianka Kilcher, who portrays Te Ata in the film. "I think it is such a timeless message, and so relevant to today."

A number of Oklahoma leaders gave the film good reviews after private screenings, and movie-goers in Ada gave it a thumbs-up, too.

"Oh yeah, it's a great movie!" Buddy Parchorn said. "A lot of good stories about it, you know, and about the Chickasaws. It's just really great."

Hundreds of people attended the first and second screenings of the movie at the McSwain Theatre. "Te Ata" is also being shown across 16 states, including Oklahoma.

And clearly the tale of Te Ata had an impact on the actress who was chosen to portray her.

"I feel very humbled and very blessed and honored that the Chickasaw people entrusted me ... with being able to bring and tell her story," Kilcher said. 


Te Ata movie trailer


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