Muskogean Tribes: Clan Systems Organized Life

Joshua Hinson, Director, Language Department, Division of Culture & Humanities, Chickasaw Nation

Joshua Hinson, Language Department Director for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Culture and Humanities, explains how clan structure and the smaller house groups were organizing forces from the Mississippian period until the middle 1800s and greatly shaped the daily events of the time period.

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