The Southeast Clan System Defined Societal Structure

LaDonna Brown, Tribal Anthropologist, Department of History & Culture, Chickasaw Nation

LaDonna Brown, Tribal Anthropologist for the Chickasaw Nation Department of History and Culture, elaborates on the societal structure clans provided, such as who could be leaders, doctors or warriors. She illustrates how related clan members were to be treated, even across distances. It was a kinship that allowed clan members to travel throughout the southeastern portion of North America.


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