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….

Miami Tribe Annual Gathering 2022

The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 25,  in noošonke siipionki , ‘Miami, OK’. The meeting is held each year to hold Tribal elections and educate community members on what is currently going on within the Tribe.  In recent years, National Gathering events have been somewhat hampered by travel…

malotakahantaawi! Let’s Play Straw Game!

Meelotakahaminki ‘the Straw Game’ is a game of cunning and deception. It will test your abilities of observation while you try to outsmart your friends. So let’s grab some straws and begin the game! What you will need: This game can be played with a set of 51 or 101  straws. The smaller set of…

paahpitaawi myaamia paaskoontia! Let’s Play Miami Tossed Ball!

Myaamia Paaskoontia, ‘Miami Tossed Ball’ is a fun outdoor game to play with a big group of friends. Now that summer and green grass have arrived, it’s finally time to play!  What you will need: All you will need for this game is the paaskoontia ‘the ball’ which is ovular and made of hide. If…

mahkisina ayootaawi miihkintiitaawi! Let’s Play Moccasin Game!

Mahkisina Meehkintiinki, ‘Moccasin Game’ is a game of strategy and teamwork that does not necessarily involve moccasins. We used to hide bullets under our moccasins, but now we hide marbles under decorated pads or potholders. You could still use your shoes to hide the marbles if you really want to play and don’t have any…

seenseewitaawi! Let’s Play Bowl Game!

The first game we are going to learn about this summer is Seenseewinki, ‘bowl game’. This is one of our games of chance, and though it is scored individually, you can play with as big a group as you like.  What you will need: Seenseewinki doesn’t require too many pieces of equipment. All you will…

My, Your, & His/Hers in Myaamiaataweenki Part 1

There are two different ways an inanimate noun can be possessed by someone in Myaamiaataweenki (see this post for the difference between animate and inanimate nouns). The first are the types of nouns that require possession (the speaker must indicate who owns the noun). Examples of these are a number of body parts. The second…

What Are Myaamia Games?

This year’s Eemamwiciki summer programs are going to teach participants about Myaamia games and the place they hold in our community. Our games can look very different from each other. Some are played on grassy fields or in the snow. Some are played indoors or wherever there is enough seating for you and your friends….

21 wiihkoowia kiilhswa (2022)

noonki kaahkiihkwe tikawi ceeliteeki (65℉) neehi aalahkwahki ahsenisiipionki. noonki peehkonteeki napale neepiki wiihkoowia kiilhswa (peemineeta). taaniši kiišikahki niiyaaha apiyani? neemani-nko kati wiihkoowia kiilhswa? tookinanto oowaaha -> wiihkoowia kiilhswa neemani-nko kati aakalaahšimaataweenki? toohkinanto mihtahkiši. (For English, click below)

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…