Pearl Carter Scott deserves to be more well-known. Like the other women aviators that I have written about she is a unique women. My Aunt Vicky was the only Jewish women pilots and Pearl had the distinction of being the youngest licensed pilot.
A movie about Pearl The movie focused on the years 1920 and 1932. I have watched the movie several times and found very informative. It was produced in 2006 by the Chickasaw Nation Media and was well received in the independent film market. It won the following awards:
Best Native American film at the Trail Dance Film Festival in 2010
The Dove Foundation awarded the movie four “Doves”
Family-Approved Seal for all ages
“Pearl” was shown at EAA AirVenture and 3,000 people attended. It was a roaring success. The aviation world at there brought their families and everyone had a enjoyable time. It was also screened at different venues in Oklahoma and in the midwest. Each showing received good reviews in the local newspapers.
These awards were very special because few films were made about heroes of Native-Americans. Other films about them were about warriors and not heart warming stories of brave little girls. So the making of
“Pearl” was very important to the Chickasaw Nation and all Native-Americans.
The movie focuses on Pearl’s early years which are exciting but her life after she stopped flying is a unique ride too. She was a woman of great strength and a asset to her heritage, her state and her country.
In the movie I learned how the it was made and the history of Pearl. She was raised in Marlow, Oklahoma and some residents were featured as extras in the movie. The Chickasaw cast members were: Paden Brown, a high school student from Byng, Oklahoma. She played Arnetta, Pearl’s younger sister, a Chickasaw elder who is also a culture preservationist and Pauline Gee who is the daughter of Chickasaw Nation Deputy Attorney General Debra Gee.
In the DVD you meet the director, producer, writer and the cast of “Pearl.” All of the cast is top notch. Elijah DeJeus is excellent as Pearl in both the twelve year old girl and as a married women. The head writer, Donna Carlton and photographer did a great job to bring out Pearl’s strength. Donna was very impressed with the aviation community.
I was impressed by the story of Pearl Carter Scott. They were warm and welcoming. You also learn more about Pearl’s family, the discrimination that Pearl faced in a caucasian town. One of the scenes shows how difficult it was for her but she stands up for herself.
On March 9, 2014 a painting of Pearl was displayed in Oklahoma, City. Nick Christopher was the well-known artist who captured Pearl’s soul. He depicted her as a young Chickasaw girl in goggles, a leather cap in her hand and a white scarf to protect her from the winds in an open cockpit. Behind her was the 1929 Curtiss Robin plane that she flew when she was a young girl. Famous pilot Wiley Post is shown as her looked at the tail of the plane. Pearl’s family was thrilled to see this lovely painting. This post was going to be a profile of Pearl Carter Scott’s life but I morphed into the movie about Pearl. The movie is the best movie about family values and love that I have ever seen. I know very little about Native Americans but I have also been intrigued about the injustices on this population. I watched documentaries on public television and I went to a reservation near Seattle. The Native-American population are more than poverty, alcoholism. This movie taught me about the love that we all should have for all the citizens of our country that have been maligned for too long.
This is a family movie that parents can watch with their children. It was filmed in a very short time so some say it’s not a well written movie. I disagree. It has a love of family and an long lost story of this incredible women.
The producer of this movie, King Hollis, made it accurate as possible. David Mars, a member of the Barnstormer Tour had a Curtiss Robin which was used in the film. This was the same plane that Pearl flew in her early days. When you watch the movie be sure to look at the “Special Features” on the DVD. You will meet the cast, learn about the music used in the film and learn how the movie was made. Also hear and see the lyrics for the song used in the movie You learned that a Curtiss Robin and a Standard airplane were used in the flying scenes in the movie. The New Standard was the plane that Wiley Post flew in the movie. The planes were flown by members of the American Barnstorming Tour. Chris Price did the flying in the Curtiss Robin.
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I have talked about “Pearl” the movie, the biography and her portrait. Now, I want to tell you about her incredible achievements and her unusual background.
Pearl was born in 1915 to a white father and a mother who was half Chickasaw. She was raised in Marlow, Oklahoma during an era of discrimination of indian’s.
Pearl was made fun of and criticized for also being a half breed. Her father was a wealthy business man who was blind and relied on Pearl to act as his eyes.
At the age of she learned to drive so Pearl could take him to his business duties.
One day the famed aviator Wiley Post landed in a field and Pearl became enamored with flight. She begged her father to let her go up in Wiley’s plane. He saw the enthusiasm in his daughter’s eyes and agreed to allow her to fly with Whiley. Soon Whiley was teaching her to fly and then he hired another pilot to give her instructions. That’s when her fame started.
She was 12 years old when she became the youngest licensed pilot in America. She drove businessmen to different cities, participated air circuses and performed acrobatic stunts. She barnstormed from city to city and became a sensation. After five years of this unusual life Pearl got married and stopped flying to raise her children.
In the 1970’s Pearl embarked on a new career. She became one of the first person to represent the Chickasaw Nation as a community health representative.
In 1983 Pearl was elected to to the Chickasaw legislature and served three terms.
Pearl was inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame and the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 1995. The Chickasaw Nation was proud of Pearl for these achievements and her charter membership in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the of the American Indian.
Some years ago I went to the Air and Space museum. I looked on the Smithsonian Air and Space womens web site. I wish they had listed Pearl with other women aviation. Then I went on the web site for Smithsonian museum dedicated to the American Indian. I didn’t see an exhibit about Pearl at that museum either. The Chickasaw Media produced the movie “Pearl” and there was mention on their site about the movie. The Oklahoma Aviation Space Hall of Fame does have information about Pearl. I wish I knew about Pearl and when I went to the museum. Unfortunately, Pearl is not mentioned in the Smithsonian magazine’s Most Famous Female Aviators. Nor she is not mentioned in the Women Aviation Hall of Fame.
All her flying experiences are shown at the University of Texas in Dallas. This compilation is called “ History of Aviation on Women. In 1978-79 Pearl is listed in the edition of Personalities of the South, the 1989-90 edition of Outstanding Women of American and the Chickasaw edition of Historical Section of the Memphis Magazine. These are areas where more information about Pearl Carter Scott can be found. There is also a documentary about Pearl titled “On Top of the World.” Paul Lambert stars in this thirty minute film. Mr. Lambert also wrote a book “Never Give Up! The Life of Pearl Carter Scott.”