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2 Episodes

Beaulah Shavney

S5 • E3
Beaulah Shavney describes her experiences as an original member of the Women's Army Auxiliary during World War II.

Jeannie Barbour

S4 • E1
Jeannie Barbour explains some of the recurring themes in her artwork, as well as the mediums and techniques she uses to create her masterpieces.


12 Videos

Descending from Clans: A Matrilineal Society

Joshua Hinson explains that traditionally, Chickasaw heritage descended solely from the female.

Three Generations: Speaking Chickasaw

1m 30s
As a Native speaker, JoAnn Ellis is vital to the Chickasaw Nation.

Three Generations: A Caring Family

2m 30s
JoAnn Ellis, Johnna Walker and Nacobi Walker are family. They're women. And, they're Chickasaw.

Matriarchs in a Business World

Andrea Horner addresses the matriarchal society of the Chickasaw Nation.

The Influence of Chickasaw Women

Lisa Billy was surrounded by strong Chickasaw women whose examples served to reinforce the idea that she was every bit as capable as her male peers.

Role Balance of Chickasaw Men and Women

2m 30s
LaDonna describes the balance achieved in traditional Chickasaw society.

Strong Female Roles Create Balance

Lisa Billy speaks to the collaborative efforts of both men and women in traditional Chickasaw culture.

Chickasaw Women Held Positions of Power and Respect

1m 30s
The matrilineal structure meant most property belonged to Chickasaw women, not men.

Chickasaw Women: Cultural Treasures

Three generations of Chickasaw women reflect on their cultural heritage and its importance in their lives.

Panther Women, Battle Strategist

1m 30s
Jeannie Barbour notes the role of Chickasaw women in battle as communicators and strategists.

Matrilineal Society: Division of Labor

Jeannie Barbour explains how women were keepers of the land, overseers of work that took place in the fields, gatherers of food and materials.

The Five Tribes: Matrilineal Societies

2m 30s
Jeannie Barbour explains that southeastern tribes share a matrilineal societal organization.