The Duncan Banner

June 21, 2013

‘Pearl’ documentary airs Sunday on OETA

By The Banner Staff
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — “Pearl Carter Scott: On Top of the World” a documentary about the life of the Chickasaw aviatrix airs 9:30 p.m., Sunday, June 23 on Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA).

Befriended by famous aviator Wiley Post in the late 1920s, Pearl was performing as a barnstormer and commercial pilot, becoming the youngest licensed pilot at age 13.

Designed to complement the award-winning film “Pearl,” “On Top of the World” shares the life story of the late Pearl Carter Scott, focusing on more than her flying career. The 30-minute documentary features interviews with Pearl and her family members. The full-length feature film of “Pearl” was a Drover Award winner at the Trail Dance Film Festival in 2010.

The daughter of a successful businessman in Marlow, Oklahoma, Pearl Carter Scott was a dedicated and proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.

She aspired until her passing in 2005 to do “whatever is necessary to help my fellow Chickasaws.”

Pearl spent many years as a Community Health Representative and served as a member of the Chickasaw Tribal legislature.

Inductions included — the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 1995, the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame, and the International Women’s Air and Space Museum Hall of Fame.

A charter member of the National Museum of American Indian at the Smithsonian, Pearl was listed in the 1978-79 edition of “Personalities of the South,” the 1989-90 edition of “Outstanding Women of America,” and in the Chickasaw Historical Section of the Memphis Magazine.

In 1990 she was honored as homecoming queen and guest of honor for the 60th anniversary celebration of Wylie Post’s trip around the world.

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