Irish town builds memorial to thank Native Americans who helped during Famine
A sculpture of nine eagle feathers will be installed in Bailic Park, in Midleton, Co Cork to thank the Choctaw Indians for their kindness and support during the Great Irish Famine.
Despite the oppression faced by the Choctaws in the years preceding the famine, on hearing of the plight and hunger of the Irish people in 1847, they raised $170 to send to the Irish people and ease their suffering. This figure is equivalent to tens of thousands of dollars in today’s currency.
The sculpture, consisting of nine giant, stainless steel eagle feathers, is currently being completed by Cork sculptor Alex Pentek. Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Pentek says, “I wanted to show the courage, fragility and humanity that they displayed in my work.”
Okay, so I saw $170 and I thought that is was a cute but largely symbolic gesture of kindness but then i actually looked up the inflation from 1847 and it turns out that it is over $71 THOUSAND in today’s money, raised by a people who themselves were enduring economic oppression. As a descendant of Irish immigrants, I can’t tell you how much reverence and respect I have for the Choctaw people.
And as an Irish person, born and bred, I cannot express how deeply touched and overwhelmed with gratitude and respect I have for the Choctaw people, and in general, the Native American people. Truly a beautiful gesture during a very difficult time for us in history. It’s nice to be reminded of good deeds that humanity is capable of carrying out.
I’m very happy that my country created and dedicated this work of art to them. A very overdue ‘Thank You’ that will hopefully remain for all time.
found @ 26 likes ON 2019-03-11 17:05:01 BY ME.ME