Fairfax, was founded in 1903 in the southwestern section of the
Osage Indian Reservation (now known Osage County).
Maria Tallchief, universally recognized as America's first great
prima ballerina, was born in Fairfax, Oklahoma, of Scotch, Irish,
and American Indian descent. She excelled in two of the performing
arts - dance and music -; and at age 15 chose a career in ballet.
Among her teachers was famed dancer and choreographer Bronislava
Nijinska, sister of the legendary Nijinski and member of the innovative
Maria and Marjorie (also a noted ballerina) Tallchief were raised
on the Osage Reservation in the 10 room terra-cotta brick home featured
on the homepage of this site. The Tallchief
home and several buildings built by the Alexander Joseph Tallchief
(including the local theatre) still stand today. More
on this piece of history...