Clan Systems in a Matrilineal Society

LaDonna Brown, Tribal Anthropologist, Department of History & Culture, Chickasaw Nation

LaDonna Brown, Tribal Anthropologist for the Chickasaw Nation Department of History & Culture, explains how the clan system provided a societal structure for the southeastern tribes. All clans are matrilineal, so each child “belongs” to her mother and her mother’s side of the family.

LaDonna Brown explains how the clan system provided a societal structure for the southeastern tribes.