The Four Verb Types of Myaamiaataweenki

In today’s post we’re talking about the different types of verbs in Myaamiaataweenki. This may seem a little odd because in English we only have one type and we just call them ‘verbs’. Myaamia, however, has four different types. The reason for that is because the language uses verbs in more scenarios and in more…

Why are Myaamia words so long?

When I’m teaching in the community I often get the question, “why are Myaamia words so long?” So, what is it that makes them so different from English? Why are they longer? Let’s dig into Myaamiaataweenki and find out. When we think about English words and how they turn into sentences it normally goes like…

A Small Military Force, 1846

This audio file is a reading of the post that follows. In the previous blog post, we examined the efforts of the Miami National Council to delay Removal of Myaamiaki to west of the Mihsi-Siipiiwi ‘Mississippi River.’ We also saw that the United States government and the Removal contractors were increasingly frustrated with the delays…

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….

Strengths v. Deficit Approaches to Community Health

When conducting research on promoting positive outcomes at the community-level, there are generally two approaches: deficit-based and strengths-based. I alluded to this at the beginning of the Historical Trauma: Part 1 post last week. Deficit-based research examines the existing issues within a community and attempts to overcome them. Strengths-based research identifies and promotes the strengths…

Delaying Removal 1840 to 1846

This audio file is a reading of the post that follows. In past blog posts, we have examined the Treaty of 1840, which called for Myaamiaki to be removed west of the Mihsi-Siipiiwi ‘Mississippi River.’ We have discussed the background for the Miami National Council agreeing to Removal and the reasons they agreed that some…

Historical Trauma: Part 1

With the recent news about Native American deaths and burials at former Indian schools (read Dr. Cam Shriver’s blog post about Boarding Schools here), this is an appropriate time for a discussion of the impacts of Historical Trauma (HT) on Native communities. First and foremost, from the perspective of the Nipwaayoni Acquisition and Assessment Team…

Myaamia Women from the Strass Family

Many narratives about Native communities broadly, and the Myaamia community specifically, are often told through the lens of the male perspective. There are many reasons for this; for example, many of these stories are told first by the French Jesuit missionaries and later linguists and anthropologists who recorded our histories. As a result, the values…