Clothing Design Inspired by Our Past

Margaret Roach Wheeler

Chickasaw weaver and clothing designer Margaret Roach Wheeler describes how the interactions between the Chickasaws and Europeans influenced the Chickasaw style of clothing beginning in the 1600s.

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