"Great Medal Mingoes" Matted Print
"Great Medal Mingoes" 5 X 7 matted print. Photography and Handcrafted by Choctaw Artist Linda Kay Sawyer.
"Great Medal Mingoes" is an addition to my Sacred Series. With the research work my daughter, Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer, and I do for our cultural preservation through art, we were allowed a rare viewing of some of our tribes' treaties that are preserved in the National Archives vault alongside the first Acts of Congress." - Lynda Kay Sawyer
Our Choctaw Mingoes signed treaties with the United States government on numerous occasions. The signatures in this rare photograph are of three "Great Medal Mingoes" on the Mount Dexter treaty, dated November 16, 1805. This was one of the treaties signed by Chief Pushmataha (Pooshamataha).
Though these were devastating times in history our ancestors' wisdom and faith brought us to where we are today as Choctaw people.