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Release Date: March 08, 2022
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Heritage Series airing in Salem

A Chickasaw Nation Productions’ feature film and two documentaries from the Chickasaw Heritage Series will be shown in Salem, Oregon, on Capital Community Media Channels 22/322 or online at Channel 22 (capitalcommunitymedia.org) For schedule updates, visit CapitalCommunityMedia.org/Channel-Schedule.

Feature film “Pearl,” will air March 11 at 7 p.m., March 18 at 7 p.m., March 22 at noon, March 25 at 7 p.m. and March 26 at 2:45 p.m.

“Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World,” documentary film will air March 9 at 9:40 p.m., March 11 at 6 p.m., March 18 at 6 p.m., March 22 at 1:50 p.m., March 24 at 7 p.m. and March 26 at 4:35 p.m.

Documentary “Bearer of the Morning” will air March 12 at 7 p.m., March 18 at 1 p.m., March 22 at 2:20 p.m., March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 26 at 1:45 p.m.

The Chickasaw Heritage Series is a documentary project initiative from Chickasaw Nation Productions designed to inform, educate and entertain audiences about the resilient and persevering spirit of the Chickasaw Nation.

If you are unable to watch through your local cable or satellite provider, the documentaries are also available to view online at ChickasawFilms.com/Documentaries.

“Pearl”

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. In this 1 hour 46-minute feature film, Pearl finds love, becomes a wife and mother and her two greatest passions collide.

“Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World”

“Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World” complements the award-winning film “Pearl.” The documentary shares the life story of the late Pearl Carter Scott focusing on more than her flying career. 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.”

The 30-minute documentary features interviews with Pearl Carter Scott and her family members.

“Bearer of the Morning”

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.