Matriarchs

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Chickasaw matriarchal leaders stand strong with the core tribal values passed from generation to generation. They are the keepers of the stories. They are the guardians of tradition – the foundation of the family. Explore their stories – a testament to the surviving spirit of the nation.

Chickasaw Women: Cultural Treasures

Nacobi Walker, Joann Ellis, and Johnna Walker

Three generations of Chickasaw women reflect on their cultural heritage and its importance in their lives. Featured are the grandmother, JoAnn Ellis, mother Johnna Walker and daughter Nacobi, who will be passing Chickasaw oral traditions and lifeways on to her children and grandchildren. All see the Cultural Center as a treasure that will have significant impact.

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JoAnn Ellis, Johnna Walker and Nacobi Walker are family. They're women. And, they're Chickasaw.