A sculpture of nine eagle feathers by Alex Pentek has been installed in Midleton, County Cork, to thank the Choctaw Indians for their kindness and support during The Great Hunger. On hearing of the plight of the Irish people in 1847 they raised $170 to send to ease their suffering. This is the equivalent of many thousands of dollars in today’s currency.
In a surprising and generous contribution to the Irish people, Choctaw people collected the money in Oklahoma and passed it on to a U.S. famine relief organization. It was an extraordinary act of kindness from those who already had so little.