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.

Three Generations: A Caring Family

JoAnn Ellis, Johnna Walker & Nacobi Walker

JoAnn Ellis, Johnna Walker and Nacobi Walker are family. They're women. And, they're Chickasaw. Here, they discuss what they love about being Chickasaw, from jokes and family gatherings to the language and the traditions.

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