Choctaw Women in a Chaotic World

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Prior to European contact, the Choctaw’s matrilineal society supported women’s contributions in all areas of community life. Evidence of Choctaw women’s participation in religious and political concerns, however, declined drastically early in the…

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Prior to European contact, the Choctaw’s matrilineal society supported women’s contributions in all areas of community life. Evidence of Choctaw women’s participation in religious and political concerns, however, declined drastically early in the eighteenth century. The author traces the changes in women’s roles from the late 1600s to the mid-1700s during the French colonial period in the Lower Mississippi Valley.