Yes, she is Osage, she and her sister are well known and respected in Oklahoma as ballerinas. All Osage are from an " oil family". In the early 20th Century, members of the Osage tribe were the wealthiest people per capita in the US. There was/is a huge oil field in Osage County. The revenue was divided among a limited number of "headrights", which have been repeatedly divided, so the per capita income is now diluted.
She was the first ballerina of national reknown in my boyhood sphere of awareness. Frank Phillips of Phillips Petroleum bought up a bunch of Osage land contracts, on which he built his empire (and subsequently, the best industrial basketball team in the U.S.).
gh wrote:I have to admit that I've never heard of her, and when I read the original thread line with the typo of cheif for chief, I assumed she was another in a long line of Russians!
Actually obit in Boston Globe said she was born Maria Tall Chief and adopted Tallchief as the stage name. Also said that it was suggested she used Talicheva as it sounded Russian and all the great ballerinas were Russian but she elected not to do that.