Top 5 Aacimotaatiiyankwi Posts of 2021

Over the course of 2021, our Aacimotaatiiyankwi authors and contributors worked together to create and share a new blog post every week on a variety of topics. In addition to our regular team, we had the opportunity to work with Diane Hunter, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, to share her work for the 175th anniversary of the Myaamia Forced Removal.

We look forward to sharing more with you in 2022! If you have ideas or suggestions for topics, please email Kristina Fox at markskm@miamioh.edu.


Accimotaatiiyankwi Top 5 Posts Based on Overall Views in 2021

#5 – The Indian Removal Act of 1830 and Subsequent Pressure for Myaamia Removal

In the first of her Removal Commemoration series, Diane Hunter discusses the events leading up to and in the years following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. These events lay the groundwork for our community’s eventual removal from our homelands in present-day Indiana.

Image of the Wabash river in Indiana
This photo shows the Wabash River at the Forks. Photo by Meghan Dorey.

#4 – Removal – Day 31

In this post, Diane Hunter concludes her posts that follow Myaamiaki along the Removal route from our homelands in present-day Indiana to the Miami Reservation in present-day Kansas. As she discusses in the post, the living conditions were not what our ancestors were expecting and they began planning for the future in their new homes.

#3 – Boarding Schools

Dr. Cameron Shriver wrote this post in response to the ongoing media coverage of Residential Schools in Canada. He has created a resource for information about Residential and Boarding Schools as well as the experiences of Myaamia people who attended them. As we learn more, this resource will be updated.

Image of the graduating class of 1894 from Haskell Institute
Haskell Institute graduating class of 1894. Oklahoma Historical Society.
Please note, the OHS mislabels this photograph as Shawnee Indian School.

#2 – Strengths v. Deficit Approaches to Community Health

Dr. Haley Shea is part of the Nipwaayoni Acquisition and Assessment Team (NAAT) whose research investigates the impacts of our community’s revitalization work. In her post, she discusses the common perspectives taken by others doing similar work as well as how this has influenced the work done by NAAT.

#1 – Removal – Day 1

This post was the first in Diane Hunter’s series that followed Myaamiaki along the Removal route from our homelands in present-day Indiana to the Miami Reservation in present-day Kansas. On this day, our ancestors left Iihkipihsinonki ‘Peru, Indiana’ on canal boats that traveled past many familiar places on their way to Kiihkayonki ‘Fort Wayne, Indiana.’

A map highlighting the Myaamia Removal Route from Indiana into Ohio and out to Kansas and Oklahoma
Based on subsequent research, the dates for Miami Land (Sugar Creek) should be November 4-5. Map by Kristina Fox from George Strack, et al., myaamiaki aancihsaaciki: A Cultural Exploration of the Myaamia Removal Route (Miami, OK: Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, 2011), which was supported by a National Park Service Historic Preservation Grant (#40-09-NA-4047)

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Continuing Pressure to Remove West

In this post, Diane Hunter discusses the ongoing negotiations between the Miami National Council and the American government in 1833-1837. These negotiations led to the Treaty of 1834 and the ongoing demand that our community move to lands west of the Mihsi-Siipiiwi ‘Mississippi River.’

Mahkoonsihkwa’s Experience with Myaamia Ribbonwork

Kara Strass first learned about ribbonwork during a community workshop. This marked the beginning of her experiences learning and creating ribbonwork pieces. In this post, she discusses the opportunities she has had to learn more and teach others about Myaamia Ribbonwork.

Kara Strass working on her latest ribbonwork project.
Kara Strass working on her latest ribbonwork project. Photo by Karen L. Baldwin

Don’t forget to send your ideas and suggestions for topics to Kristina Fox at markskm@miamioh.edu!

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