While only a teenager, Maria moved to New York City, in the hopes of finding a spot with a major ballet company. It was in New York City that Maria was advised not to take the name Maria Tallchief. Russian ballerinas were very much admired at the time, and many American dancers took Russian stage names. Maria, however, was very proud of her Native American heritage. She refused to change her name.

According to the passage, why did Maria keep the name Tallchief?

She was proud of her heritage


The passage clearly states that Maria Tallchief was proud of her Native American heritage and wanted to keep her family name.

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