Prima ballerina Maria Tallchief dies

Prima ballerina Maria Tallchief dies

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Tallchief was considered America's first major prima ballerina and was the first Native American to hold the rank. She traveled the world, becoming the first American to perform in Moscow's Bolshoi Theater. In December 2012, Tallchief broke her hip and died in April 2013 from complications stemming from the injury.

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