First Look: Clans to Constitutions

A Chickasaw Storytellers' Series

Take a first look at "Clans to Constitutions," the latest episode of Winter Fire, a Chickasaw Storytellers' series. The oral history of the Chickasaws and other southeastern people paints a picture of generations past, where all things were united. The earth, animals and humans existed as one and Aabiniili', the Creator, provided spiritual animal guides organized into clans to establish structure and kinship ties for the Chickasaw people. Dating back to the era of hunter-gatherers, this ancient social institution played an integral role in the Chickasaw belief system and the development of Chickasaw society.