Regalia

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Traditional Chickasaw regalia gives a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of this great nation. View the elaborate feather capes, beaded kilts, and other traditional garments still appreciated by modern-day Chickasaws.

Lowak Costumes: Detail on Clans

Margaret Roach Wheeler

Margaret Wheeler provides some background on the clans, which governed and provided social structure to early Indian villages. The Minko was the leader, but each clan had a hierarchy reflected in the way they sat around the fire in ceremonies as well as how their houses were positioned. The Raccoon clan ranked just below the Minko.

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