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Release Date: November 18, 2021
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The Chickasaw Nation Productions’ documentaries from the Chickasaw Heritage Series and feature films “Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher,” “Pearl,” “Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World” and “First Encounter” will show on Iowa City, Iowa, Channel 4 at CityChannel4.com.

“Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World” will air Nov. 21 at 5:16 p.m. “Pearl” will air Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m. “Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher” will air Nov. 20 at 10:57 a.m. and 12:57 a.m. “First Encounter” will air Nov. 21 at 5:44 p.m.

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

Visit ChickasawFilms.com for more information about the films. Chickasaw Nation Productions’ feature films “Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher” and “Te Ata” are also available to be viewed on Netflix.

“Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World”

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." Scott was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 1995. She was also inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame, and the International Women's Air and Space Museum Hall of Fame.

 “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. As she finds love and becomes a wife and mother, her two greatest passions collide.

“Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher”

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.

 “First Encounter”

“First Encounter” explores the actions taken by Chickasaws in 1541 during their first contact with Europeans. The documentary highlights the encounters, struggles and perseverance of the Chickasaw people throughout the attempted conquest by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

This encounter helped establish the reputation for which the tribe would be recognized for centuries and remains today – “unconquered and unconquerable.”

Chickasaw curriculum

Chickasaw Heritage Series “First Encounter,” “Pearl” and “Bearer of the Morning” documentaries have been incorporated into an online curriculum 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.