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…

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…

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…

iiši peesintamankwi aalhsoohkaana ‘How we Listen to Winter Stories’

In a normal year, our Myaamia community usually spends early January preparing for our Winter Gathering events. One of the highlights of those gatherings for many of us is getting to spend time together listening to Aalhsoohkaana ‘Winter Stories.’ COVID-19 has forced our community to cancel face-to-face gatherings this winter, but we still want to…

ahsenaamišipoohkiitaawi – Let’s go Maple Sugaring

We just finished cleaning up our siihsipaahkwikaani ‘maple sugar camp’ at Miami University. Maple sugaring season tends to be during Mahkoonsa Kiilhswa ‘Young Bear Moon’ and Aanteekwa Kiilhswa ‘Crow Moon’ which roughly corresponds with February through early April on the Gregorian calendar. This is the time of the year where temperatures are starting to rise…