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Press Release

Release Date: March 24, 2021

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The Chickasaw Nation Productions documentary “Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson” from the Chickasaw Heritage Series will air in Oceanside, California, on KOCT Channel 19.

“Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson” will be shown March 26 at 10 a.m., March 27 at 4 p.m., March 28 at 4 p.m., March 29 at 11 p.m., March 31 at 11 p.m. and April 2 at 11 p.m.

To livestream the movie, visit during the allotted times.

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

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.

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.

For more information about Chickasaw Nation Productions, visit