Concurrences research seminar with Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh from Uppsala University.
Anton Treuer in a book called Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask laments a situation in the U.S. by which Indians are institutionally excluded from the ranks of the nation’s designated heroes (Treuer, 2012: 147). It is rather atypical, then, that the Choctaw nation has recurrently been afforded pride of place in an ongoing national dialogue over one of the darkest elements of the colonial past of another nation - the Irish famine of 1845-1851. What has been less often pointed out is that the Irish in America have been complicit in the impoverishment of the Choctaws and other American Indians. Nonetheless, in Ireland today the remarkably charitable act on the part of the Choctaw retains an active role in colloquial as well as in historiographical discussions of the Irish famine. From a post-colonial perspective, this discussion seeks to address aspects of the Choctaw presence in Irish discussions of its famine.