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Friday 18 August 2017

Giant eagle feathers mark tribe's Famine help

Callie Armstrong, Lillie Roberts and Mandy Lawson from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma attend the official dedication of the ‘Kindred Spirits’ sculpture in Midleton, Co Cork. The sculpture commemorates a donation made by the Choctaw Nation to Ireland during the Great Famine. Picture: Cathal Noonan
Callie Armstrong, Lillie Roberts and Mandy Lawson from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma attend the official dedication of the ‘Kindred Spirits’ sculpture in Midleton, Co Cork. The sculpture commemorates a donation made by the Choctaw Nation to Ireland during the Great Famine. Picture: Cathal Noonan
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma were on hand at the unveiling of the 'Kindred Spirits' sculpture in Cork.

It commemorates a donation made by the Choctaw Nation to Ireland during the Great Famine.

In 1847, the nation donated a total of $170 (the equivalent of more than €4,000 today) when they heard of the scale of starvation and deaths caused by the potato crop failures in Ireland.

The Choctaw tribe made the donation while other wealthier nations effectively ignored the disaster in Ireland.

The sculpture was designed by Cork artist Alex Pentek and is composed of nine, seven-metre high eagle feathers reaching towards the sky.

Irish Independent

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