The Five Tribes: Matrilineal Societies

Jeannie Barbour, Creative Development Director, Communications & Community Development, Chickasaw Nation

Jeannie Barbour, Creative Development Director of the Department of Chickasaw Nation Communications & Community Development, explains that southeastern tribes share a matrilineal societal organization. In contrast, European cultures revolve around the male and the father. For the societies of the southeastern tribes, this meant that children technically belonged to their mother's side of the family.

Jeannie Barbour explains that southeastern tribes share a matrilineal societal organization.