grandmothers council

The Seven Cherokee Clans

Family kinship ties in the Cherokee tribe are determined by the mother’s clan. Children are automatically members of the mother’s clan at birth.
Each matrilineal clan was run by a council of grandmothers from that clan. The decisions and rulings of the Grandmothers were not to be questioned. The Clan Grandmothers of one clan joined with the Grandmothers of other clans when important decisions needed to be made for the whole village.