Why Do Tribes Have Matrilineal Societies?

Sonny Skyhawk addresses the tradition of matrilineal governance of Native American societies



This great article reminded me of a time…

Working and living on the West Coast in the early 70’s, the women, especially as they say, the aunties and grandmothers were the ones in charge, they informed the “officials” of all the decisions. They were powerful in all aspects of family and community life. Honoured to have lived and worked with Nishga, Tsimtian, Haida. They maintained all the Clans and the Clan functions. Seasonal food requirements, preparation and sharing. A system of governance in the communities that had existed for a long long period of time. An honour to have experienced this.