Making Myaamia Mahkisina

My first mahkisina ‘moccasins’ were given to me by one of my distantly related cousins. Odds are that she also got them as a hand-me-down. I was young enough that I don’t remember much about them because they only fit for a short period of time. Replacing them was never a priority since I did…

waawaahsinaakwahki ‘It Shimmers’

peepankišaapiikahkia eehkwaatamenki ‘Myaamia ribbonwork’ is an artform in which an artist layers, cuts, folds, and sews ribbons onto textiles to create intricate geometric patterns. The artform reached an initial peak of beauty and complexity in the mid-1800s, but by the early 1900s the practice of ribbonwork was in steep decline. In the 1990s, Myaamia people…

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…

Myaamia (Miami Indian) Clothing Post-Contact (FAQ)

How has Myaamia (Miami Indian) clothing changed over time? Myaamia clothing – like the clothing of all cultural groups – has changed a lot over time.  These changes have been affected by the availability of resources, shifts in technology, and radical shifts in our historical and cultural circumstances. In the post contact period, Myaamia people…

Myaamia (Miami Indian) Clothing Pre-Contact (FAQ)

What kinds of clothing did Myaamia (Miami Indian) people wear prior to contact with Europeans? In the period of time prior to contact with Europeans, Myaamia people wore clothing made from hides: leggings, breechcloth, moccasins, skirts, shirts, and added large blanket robes during colder weather.[1] The bison robes held by the Musée de l’Homme in…