Empathy between two tribes who've known the worst suffering can unite them as brothers— even different races, across oceans.
A sculpture is being erected in Ireland to thank a Native American tribe for sending what little money they could to the Irish people suffering from starvation at the height of the Great Famine more than 160 years ago.
On March 23, 1847 the Choctaw Native American tribe, who had known great hardship during their forced march to Oklahoma, collected whatever spare money they could and sent $170 to Ireland through a charity relief group.
The Choctaw people donated the money 16 years after they, and other tribes, were forced from their homelands in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida and made to walk 500 miles along what is now known as The Trail of Tears. Many of the frailest perished due to disease, malnutrition and exposure during one of the coldest winters on record.
The Cork sculptor, Anex Penetek, talked about his $110,000 creation, “Kindred Spirits,” telling the Irish Examiner, “I wanted to show the courage, fragility and humanity that they displayed.”
Choctaw leaders have been invited to the grand unveiling, which will be in a few months.
(READ more, and see photos, via the Irish Examiner)
CORRECTION: We quoted a fact from the Examiner article saying the amount today would equal a million dollars, but have revised the figure in our story to be around $4200.
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