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Clay Original Shown

Commissioned by The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO).

Te Ata, whose name means "Bearer of the Morning" was a member of the Chickasaw Nation. She was born Mary Thompson in 1895 and died just days before her 100th birthday.

Te Ata graduated from the Oklahoma College for Women (now USAO) in 1919.

Her career as an actor and storyteller spanned over eight decades and led her to perform in England and Scandinavia, at the White House for President Roosevelt, for the King and Queen of Great Britain, and on stages across the United States.

Her world renown talent has won her several honors including induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1957, being named Oklahoma's Official State Treasure in 1987, and having a lake near Bear Mountain in New York named after her.
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