Blackstone, Tsianina Redfeather [Evans, Florence Tsianina ]
- A. Dean Palmer
- and Paige Clark Lush
(b Eufaula, OK, Dec 13, 1882; d San Diego, Jan 10, 1985). Mezzo-soprano of Cherokee and Creek descent, though often misidentified as Choctaw or Omaha. She attended the Eufaula, Oklahoma Government Indian School, where she learned to play the piano. Although she was frequently billed as “Princess Tsianina,” there is no indication that Tsianina’s family held any leadership role in their community. At the urging of school officials, 16-year-old Tsianina was sent to Denver to study piano with Edward Fleck. She also studied voice with John Wilcox, who introduced her to composer ...