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.
The matrilineal structure meant most property belonged to Chickasaw women, not men. When they moved to Indian Territory, some Choctaw men wanted to marry these women for their wealth, making the Chickasaws worry about potentially losing their identity.