Descending from Clans: A Matrilineal Society

Joshua Hinson

Joshua Hinson, Language Department Director for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Culture and Humanities, explains that traditionally, Chickasaw heritage descended solely from the female. If the mother was not Chickasaw, the child would not be seen as Chickasaw. Fortunately, that is no longer the tradition today, and Chickasaw culture is embraced among all types of people.

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