Anumpa Warrior: Choctaw Talkers Of WWI by Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer is a marvellous epic Christian historical read preserving the memory of the role of the Choctaw Indians in WWI. I knew nothing about these brave men but have been educated upon reading this book.
The reader is given some background into the treatment of the Choctaws in America. Horrifically they could be punished for speaking their own language and were seen as inferior to white Americans. Ironically it would be their native tongue that would play a crucial role in WWI.
The Choctaw people were not savages, although the Germans believed them capable of barbaric acts and were scared of them. The Choctaws knew God, thanks to missionaries. “I didn’t have the answers for all the tragedies in this corrupted world, but I knew the eternal answer.” When life is tough we must focus on the world to come. The Choctaws knew to put their trust in God. “He was all around me, in life and death… I made the decision to put my trust in Him.”