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.
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.