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.

Role Balance of Chickasaw Men and Women

LaDonna Brown

LaDonna describes the balance achieved in traditional Chickasaw society. The division of labor between men and women is clear, and has remained fundamentally intact. Women are expected to be wise and lend wise counsel. Yet early roles as the hunters and warriors, and the planters, harvesters and storers of the food have changed.

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