Strong Female Roles Create Balance

Lisa Billy

Lisa Billy speaks to the collaborative efforts of both men and women in traditional Chickasaw culture by citing her grandmother and aunts as influential examples of women who served as the foundation of family unity.


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The Influence of Chickasaw Women

Lisa Billy
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.