The Chicago Tribune
At 15, she made her debut: "Chopin Concerto," which she danced in the Hollywood Bowl with another talented youngster, Cyd Charisse. To her chagrin, young Tall Chief slipped. But Nijinska shrugged it off, noting "Happens to everybody.'' But for that, the evening was considered promising.
In 1942, Maria, a grave, almost dreamy child, with what some called "a touching dignity,'' graduated from Beverly Hills High School. She also danced in the corps de ballet of an MGM musical, "Presenting Lily Mars." That summer, an old family friend, Tatiana Riabouchinska, wife of choreographer David Lichine, wondered if Maria would like to go to New York?
The New York Times
A daughter of an Osage Indian father and a Scottish-Irish mother, and the sister of another noted ballerina, Marjorie Tallchief, Ms. Tallchief left Oklahoma at an early age, but she was long associated with the region nevertheless. She was one five dancers of Indian heritage, all born in Oklahoma at roughly the same time, who came to be called the Oklahoma Indian ballerinas; the others included her sister and Rosella Hightower, Moscelyne Larkin and Yvonne Chouteau.
The Washington Post
Although she retired from the stage, Maria Tallchief remained committed to dance. She founded the School of the Lyric Opera in 1974 in Chicago, where she taught the Balanchine technique. She launched the Chicago City Ballet in 1980, which collapsed less than a decade later.