Keeping with tradition

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — It had been their home for generations.

Abundant rainfall without a dry season rooted leafy forests in moist soil and surrounded their very existence with heavy, humid air. Nature amply provided the resources they needed to hunt, to gather and to farm.

This subtropical climate of the southeastern United States guided both the everyday lives and the sacred traditions of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Nations.

Over time, the Native people had worked out relationships in which men and women were respected for their contributions to their families, homes and nations. The women gathered herbs for traditional medicines used at ceremonies, and their support of their clans and nations was a constant in their way of life. Women, whose mental and spiritual strength carried a special value, led their households.

Then it was all taken away with the drag of a pen.

Read more about the role of Native American women to sustain their culture.

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