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.

Panther Women, Battle Strategist

Jeannie Barbour

Jeannie Barbour, Creative Development Director of the Department of Chickasaw Nation Communications & Community Development, notes the role of Chickasaw women in battle as communicators and strategists. This responsibility is represented in Chickasaw oral traditions as "Panther Woman." Panther Woman is also a pivotal presence in the annual Lowak Shoppala' production.

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