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Tulsa has the "Five Moons" sculptures to honor the five local Ballerinas, including Maria and her sister.
The title for the sculptures comes from “The Four Moons,” a ballet that was created for the Oklahoma Indian Ballerina Festival in 1967. This ballet, set to music by the Oklahoma native Louis Ballard, was made for four solos that evoked each dancer’s tribal heritage — Osage for the Tallchief sisters, Shawnee for Larkin, Cherokee for Chouteau and Choctaw for Hightower.
Wikipedia article here.
more about the ballerinas at ReflectionsInVerse Blog.