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A Choctaw Tribal leader recalled last night how his ancesters’ charity towards Irish Famine victims in 1847 helped forge a unique bond between nations. Internationally renowned painter, tribal chanter and dance leader, Gary White Deer, was speaking in west Cork as preparations continued for this weekends inaugural provincial National Famine Commemoration. The Choctaw tribe donated what was the equivalent of more than €68,500 today to ease the suffering of the victims of the Irish famine after hearing that the Irish had been through a similar experience to their own people of forced emigration and famine. Gary, who has visited Ireland over a dozen times, spoke to local schoolchildren during a visit to the Skibbereen Heritage Centre and also visited the mass Famine graveyard outside the town where an estimated 10,000 are buried.