The Hatchet Women Collection - Indigenous Resistance Since 1736
As Chickasaw women, we have always protected and defended our lands from invaders. During the French – Indian wars of the 1700's our ancestors saw violence and uncertainty enter their lives. However, they soon became known to the French as formidable adversaries; their villages nearly impossible to attack. This was due in part to iron hatchet wielding Chickasaw women, who according to first hand French accounts, thwarted an ambush on the Ogoula Tchetoka village in 1736. The French were also surprised to see that women could become warriors, and that women were as essential to war as they were to peace, often accompanying warriors into battle to sing war songs and to provide direction and support.
Today we wield knowledge instead of hatchets, however, we are no less fierce than our grandmothers, and will pass on this gift of strength to our granddaughters.