Matriarch tribe refers to a group of people that treat a female as at least an equal to a male.
What is the role of a head matriarch in indigenous tribes?
The Matriarch in our Indigenous tribe ( the Eastern Woodland American Native people) is the oldest female (Oldest in knowledge in culture, ceremonies and the tribe)
Oldest in this instance refers to knowledge about the tribe and not automatically because of the number of years.
Many times a leader may find that an adopted person, after completing a 13 Moon ceremony, will make the best female tribal leader, because that person has learned our ways without outside interference and if they do go through this ceremony, everyone knows that they really do wish to be related.
I also wrote about this earlier on.
Mohegan clans origin?
Thursday, June 2, 2011