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By Tamara M. Elder
Ataloa Stone McLendon was a woman ahead of her time. She was a
trailblazer, visionary, and advocate for education at a time when women
were generally denied that right. Most were expected to stay home, cook,
clean, and raise children.  Ataloa was deeply committed, not only to her own
education, but to the promotion of educational opportunities for all Indian
women and children, and the furtherance of public outreach and adult
education programs.  Born in the Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma Indian
Territory, Ataloa grew up listening to stories of her Chickasaw ancestors
told to her by her grandmother.  She eagerly embraced her ancestry and
embarked upon a lifelong mission to educate the public about American
Indian culture.  Ataloa unselfishly and unconditionally devoted her life to the
preservation of American Indian culture and traditions including music, art,
legends, folklore, and storytelling. Above all, Ataloa was a humanitarian,
concerned with human intercultural relationships among people of all races.
About the Author —

Tamara M. Elder is a Native American
Art Historian and former Curator of
American Indian Art at Red Earth
Museum in Oklahoma City.  She
received her Master’s Degree in
History from the University of Central
Oklahoma, Edmond, with an emphasis
in Native American art, history, and
culture.  She has worked closely with
many Native American Tribal entities
and has written for the Oklahoma
Heritage Association magazine, Arts
Focus Oklahoma Magazine, and
Native Peoples Magazine on Native
American subject matter. She was
Assistant Biographical Editor on a
recent historical Oklahoma book
series, and is the author of a previous
biography about artist Acee Blue
Eagle entitled, "Lumhee Holot-Tee:
The Art and Life of Acee Blue Eagle."

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"Her singing is mellow and beautiful; her
seriousness and devotion to her subject
matter constitutes it a sacred performance
of religious rites and dances not to be
classified as entertainment. To see her and
hear her interpret the life of her people is to
glimpse the cosmic urge in the human
family." Daily Facts, Redlands, CA.
“Ataloa was a tireless worker who inspired
her students to create and perpetuate the
beauty of Indian traditions and art.”  The
Bacone Indian