How Mountain Leader Piominko Got His Name

Brad Lieb

The famed Mountain Leader Piominko’s name comes from the Chickasaw words “hopayi',” meaning prophet and “minko',” meaning leader. He earned his name, though, by going through a series of culturally prescribed actions that established him as a great leader among the Chickasaw.


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