Was a comet responsible for the decline of the Hopewell?

Written by Andrew Sawyer, Education Outreach Specialist On February 1, 2022 Scientific Reports published a report titled The Hopewell airburst event, 1699–1567 years ago (252–383 CE)[1]. In this report, the authors claim to have found evidence of a cosmic airburst event that took place in the Ohio River Valley between about 1,639 and 1,770 years…

Boarding Schools

Warning: this post contains distressing details. Recent news coming from Canada, particularly from the grounds of Kamloops Indian Residential School, Marieval Indian Residential School, St. Eugene’s Mission School and just recently the Kuper Island Residential School, has illuminated a sobering truth: for many Indigenous children, school was a place of suffering, trauma, and death. U.S….

Myaamia Heritage Program — 2021/22 School Year Wrap Up

Miami University and Oxford feel different this week as the majority of students have moved out and things have quieted down.  For the staff of the Myaamia Center, this marks the transition to summer programs, but before we move on, we would like to reflect back on this year. This past weekend, we celebrated our…

Benefits of Community Building for Mental Health

I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that spending time with folks from the Myaamia community has so many benefits for my mental health. I frequently feel rejuvenated both emotionally and mentally when I get to interact with my relatives. This benefit of community-building was one observation made by tribal leadership in the…

7 wiihkoowia kiilhswa (2022)

noonki kaahkiihkwe tikawi ceeliteeki (75℉) neehi aahsanteeki ahsenisiipionki. noonki peehkonteeki napale waawiyiisita wiihkoowia kiilhswa (keešaakosita). taaniši kiišikahki niiyaaha apiyani? neemani-nko kati wiihkoowia kiilhswa? tookinanto oowaaha -> wiihkoowia kiilhswa neemani-nko kati aakalaahšimaataweenki? toohkinanto mihtahkiši. (For English, click below)

weehki kaloosioni: šoohkwaakana ‘New Word: Car’

The Myaamia word we’re going to introduce today is our word for ‘car’ šoohkwaakana. This term was created years ago, but it’s a very useful one! So let’s talk through what the different pieces of the word mean and other related words that you can use. šoohkw + aakan + a ‘slide’ + ‘tool that…

29 cecaahkwa kiilhswa (2022)

noonki kaahkiihkwe tikawi ceeliteeki (70℉) neehi tikawi aalahkwahki ahsenisiipionki. noonki peehkonteeki neepiki cecaahkwa kiilhswa (peemineeta). waapanke kati saakiwa wiihkoowia kiilhswa. taaniši kiišikahki niiyaaha apiyani? neemani-nko kati cecaahkwa kiilhswa? tookinanto oowaaha -> cecaahkwa kiilhswa neemani-nko kati aakalaahšimaataweenki? toohkinanto mihtahkiši. (For English, click below)

Lacrosse Language

Summer is officially upon us, and that means it’s time to pick up our lacrosse sticks for peekitahaminki. In many different parts of our community we have already played the first game of the season and look forward to many more after two long years without it. Here is a quick look at what the…

22 cecaahkwa kiilhswa (2022)

noonki kaahkiihkwe tikawi ceeliteeki (73℉) neehi aalahkwahki ahsenisiipionki. noonki peehkonteeki kiinte napale neepiki (peemineeta). taaniši kiišikahki niiyaaha apiyani? neemani-nko kati cecaahkwa kiilhswa? tookinanto oowaaha -> cecaahkwa kiilhswa neemani-nko kati aakalaahšimaataweenki? toohkinanto mihtahkiši. (For English, click below)

2022 Myaamiaki Conference Recap

The Myaamiaki Conference is a biennial event that invites members of the Myaamia and Miami University communities to learn about the current projects being developed at the Myaamia Center. The 9th biennial Myaamiaki Conference comes four years after the last was held, as the 2020 Conference had to be canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic….

15 cecaahkwa kiilhswa (2022)

noonki kaahkiihkwe tikawi neepanki (46℉) neehi manetwa piihsaaci ahsenisiipionki! noonki peehkonteeki kiinte waawiyiisita (peemineeta). taaniši kiišikahki niiyaaha apiyani? neemani-nko kati cecaahkwa kiilhswa? tookinanto oowaaha -> cecaahkwa kiilhswa neemani-nko kati aakalaahšimaataweenki? toohkinanto mihtahkiši. (For English, click below)

Lacrosse in Historical Sources

As winter turns to spring, Myaamiaki ‘Miami people’ and their friends put down the threads of winter stories. With the other hand, they pick up lacrosse sticks. Peekitahaminki–lacrosse–is an ancient game in Indian Country, including among Myaamiaki ‘Miami folks.’ There are old records from the colonial period in which Europeans recorded their observations of Miami…