TeAta (Thompson) Fisher

Mary Francis (Thompson) Fisher (1895 - 1995)

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Mary Francis (TeAta) Fisher formerly Thompson
Born in Tishomingo, Johnston, Oklahoma, United Statesmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Bacone College, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Feb 2018
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Categories: Chickasaw | Native Americans.

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Biography

A traditional Native Storyteller, TeAta, also known as Mary Frances Thompson Fisher, was born in Emet (Post Oak), Chickasaw Nation, near Tishomingo, on December 3, 1895. Her parents were members of the Chickasaw Nation. Her father, Thomas B Thompson, was the last Treasurer of the Chickasaw Nation before statehood. He owned several stores through out the Chickasaw Nation. TeAta's uncle, was Douglas H. Johnston, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation for 40 years.

She attended high school in Tishomingo, encountering "white children" for the first time. Then attended Bloomfield Academy. From there to College for Women now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, in Chickasha. She also attended Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, for one year.

Many of her performances in the 1930’s were at summer camps throughout New England and New York State. In 1933 TeAta performed for the first state dinner given by Pres. Franklin Roosevelt. In 1939 she performed again for the Roosevelt’s at their home in Hyde Park, New York, on the occasion of a state visit by the king and queen of Great Britain. Later, TeAta toured Europe, giving performances for royal families and heads of state.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, together with the Chickasaw Nation and Judy Lee Oliva, Chickasaw Playwright, created a play based on the life of Chickasaw storyteller Mary Thompson “TeAta” Fisher.

Her Chickasaw name TeAta means "Bearer of the Morning." "She was a cultural icon for Chickasaw Nation and other Native American cultures. During her career she shined a light on Native American culture throughout the United States and basically the world. She was an Oklahoma treasure and a Chickasaw treasure" said Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby.

TeAta, achieved national and international acclaim as a traditional native storyteller. In 1958 she was recognized by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. In 1976 she received the Governor's Award of Oklahoma, and was named "Woman of the Year" by the Ladies Home Journal. In 1987 she became the first person to be declared "An Oklahoma Treasure" by Oklahoma Governor Henry Bellmon.

Birth

December 3, 1895

Marriage

September 28, 1933[1]

Census

Date: 1900
Place: Township 4, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, Oklahoma[2]
Date: 1920
Place: Chickasha Ward 1, Grady, Oklahoma, United States[3]
Date: 1940
Place: New York, New York, New York[4]

Death

October 26, 1995[5]

Burial

Name: Mrs Mary (Te Ata) Thompson Fisher[6][7]

Parents and Family

Mary was born in 1895. She was the daughter of Thomas Thompson and Lucy Freund.

Research Notes

Five Civilized Tribes Role #2785

"Oklahoma Applications for Allotment, Five Civilized Tribes, 1899-1907," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2H9-F9LF : accessed 16 February 2018), Mary Frances Thompson, 1899-1907; citing Oklahoma, United States, tribe or clan Chickasaws by Blood Roll, file Pacific County Probate Estate Files., National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

"Oklahoma Applications for Allotment, Five Civilized Tribes, 1899-1907," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2H9-F9TP : accessed 16 February 2018), Mary Frances Thompson, 1899-1907; citing Oklahoma, United States, tribe or clan Chickasaws by Blood Roll, file Pacific County Probate Estate Files., National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

"Oklahoma Applications for Allotment, Five Civilized Tribes, 1899-1907," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2H9-FSWX : accessed 16 February 2018), Mary Frances Thompson, 1899-1907; citing Oklahoma, United States, tribe or clan Chickasaws by Blood Roll, file Pacific County Probate Estate Files., National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4061944/

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_Ata_Fisher

http://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=TE001


Sources

  1. "Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVP6-Z3J4 : 27 September 2017), Dr Clyde Fisher and Teata Mary Francis Thompson, 1933.
  2. Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 4, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory; Page: 23; Enumeration District: 0126 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
  3. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJM6-G5J : accessed 17 February 2018), Mary F Thompson in household of George W Austin, Chickasha Ward 1, Grady, Oklahoma, United States; citing ED 165, sheet 17A, line 28, family 259, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1461; FHL microfilm 1,821,461.
  4. Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: New York, New York, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02637; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 31-598. Source Information Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.
  5. "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKW9-8D8N : accessed 16 February 2018), Mrs Mary (Te Ata) Thompson Fisher, Texas, United States, 01 Nov 1995; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Dallas Morning News, The, born-digital text.
  6. "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKW9-8D8N : accessed 16 February 2018), Mrs Mary (Te Ata) Thompson Fisher, Texas, United States, 01 Nov 1995; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Dallas Morning News, The, born-digital text.
    Titles and Terms: Mrs
    Event Type: Obituary
    Event Date: 01 Nov 1995
    Event Place: Texas, United States
    Gender: Female
    Age: 99
    Relationship to Deceased: Deceased
    Birth Year (Estimated): 1896
    Birthplace: Tishomingo, Oklahoma
    Death Date: Oct 1995
    Death Place: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Newspaper: Dallas Morning News, The
    Spouse and Children
    Clyde Fisher: Husband Male
    Extended Family
    Senator Helen Cole: Niece Female
    Others on Record
    Eleanor Roosevelt: Nonrelative Female
  7. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVGN-JWF1 : 11 July 2016), Mary Frances Thompson Fisher, 1995; Burial, , , ,, ; citing record ID 125781769, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.


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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with TeAta by comparing test results with other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with TeAta:

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