nintaweemaakana ‘My Cousin’

This summer, we introduced a new kinship term, nintaweemaakana ‘my cousin,’ to our Myaamia community. This word is meant to be used for the children of nisekohsa ‘my aunt (father’s sister)’ and nišihsa ‘my uncle (mother’s brother)’ regardless of their, or your, gender. In a village setting two hundred years ago, our community had a…

hohowa pyaaci ‘Santa is coming’

For most of us, the holidays are a time to relax in the good company of family and friends! Many children are also eagerly awaiting a visit from Santa Claus which means it’s a perfect time to introduce the phrase hohowa pyaaci! ‘Santa is coming!’ Since Santa says “hohoho!” so much we figured that was…

“Aya Aya” Song

aya ceeki, This video was created for the Myaamia Heritage Class at Miami University. It teaches you how to sing the “aya aya” song which is to the tune of the French nursery rhyme “Frère Jacques”. The song teaches general greetings and more. The first part is learning the verses to the song and the last part is singing along. The…

Happy New Year!

wiiyaakiteeheeko weehki-kihkatwe! image by Somasundaram Rino A New Year has begun for the Gregorian calendar! The phrase above is how we would say “rejoice the New Year” or, more commonly, “Happy New Year” in Myaamiaataweenki. Don’t forget, though, the Myaamia Lunar New Year is coming up February 10th. Be sure to use this phrase then…

Greetings – Part 1

  The following phrase is used to introduce yourself.   aya your name weenswiaani (click here for audio)   aya     +     weenswiaani (hello)     (I am called)