2021 National Breath of Life Module 2 Workshop

Several of our Myaamia Center staff just returned from the 2021 National Breath of Life Module 2 workshop that was held at the University of Oregon, August 9-13, 2021.  In a previous post, I explained what National Breath of Life is, but here I want to talk about this year’s workshop and what was accomplished….

What is the National Breath of Life Institute for Indigenous Languages?

Many are familiar with the Myaamia Center’s work in archive-based language revitalization on behalf of the Miami Tribe. Due to our history of forced removal, land loss, and assimilation policies that resulted in the loss of our language, the Miami Tribe has utilized archival documents to reconstruct and aid in our revitalization efforts. Archive-based language…

Myaamia Heritage Program: Year in Review (2020-21)

We are coming up on the end of the school year here at Miami University. This is the last week of classes, and then students will have a week of finals before the end of the semester. This year has been a challenge for our students and staff who have worked to stay connected, even…

Mahkoonsihkwa’s Experience with Myaamia Ribbonwork

My journey with Myaamia ribbonwork started the same way that it has for many Myaamia people, through a community workshop about six years ago. Prior to the workshop, I had very little knowledge about ribbonwork and no idea how to make it, but I was excited to learn about this art form that is a…

Artist Spotlight: Megan Sekulich

Meet Megan Sekulich, a Myaamia student who is currently a Junior at Miami University.  Megan is studying Fine Arts with a concentration in print making and also has a minor in Fashion Design.  Art has been at the center of our connection to Megan since the first moment that she stepped onto campus–she was recruited…

Maple Sugaring: Myaamia Student Perspectives

Each year at Miami University, the Myaamia Center staff and Myaamia students take part in the process of Maple Sugaring.  Two years ago, we wrote about the process of maple sugaring if you want to learn more about how to collect sap and process it into syrup or sugar, but as we head into this…

About the Relationship Between the Miami Tribe and Miami University

In 2022, the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their unique relationship.  The relationship began when Chief Forest Olds visited Miami University in 1972, and it has since evolved from relationships between individual people into a multi-layered collaboration built on trust, respect, and a shared commitment to education. …