One of the most surprising and generous contributions to Irish famine relief came from the Choctaw Nation.
A group gathered in Scullyville Oklahoma in 1847 to collect funds for the starving Irish.
A great gesture from those who had so little: Just 16 years prior to this collection,
the Choctaw had been forced of their lands and forced to endure a 500 mile trek to Oklahoma known as the 'Trail of Tears'.
The Choctaw felt affinity with the Irish...both had endured the conquests of others...loss of land...forced migration...mass starvation...and cultural suppression: The plaque is in Dublin's Mansion House, home of Dublin's Lord Mayor.
The sculpture, in Cork, represents eagle feathers, in the shape of an empty bowl: Today there is much cultural and personal exchange between the Irish and the Choctaw.