Absorbing Chickasaw History

William Beckwith

Given his assignment to create a full-length sculpture of Mountain Leader Piominko for a park in downtown Tupelo, accomplished sculptor Bill Beckwith undertook a great deal of reading about Piominko and Chickasaw history in the newly formed America. He found the experience transforming; he saw a depth and wisdom that changed him in a profound way.


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