Dictionary Update!

Today we announce that the new Myaamiaataweenki dictionary is going live as both a new app and a new website! The app can be found on the app store or google play by searching “ILDADictionary” and the web version can be found at https://mc.miamioh.edu/ilda-myaamia/dictionary. In the next month, we will be discontinuing the old app,…

niikinaana – Our Homes (FAQ)

Over time, Myaamia people have lived in a wide variety dwelling types. The traditional home of the Myaamia is called wiikiaami.  A wiikiaami is a domed structure that could be covered in cattail reed mats or bark depending on the season. Often these were also lined with bulrush mats, which were decorated. The layers of mats…

FAQ: Pre-Contact Miami Indian Population?

What was the population of Myaamia (Miami Indian) villages pre-contact with Europeans? The short answer is at least 10,000 to 12,000.  However, the longer answer is trickier. It is extremely difficult to estimate Miami Indian population numbers prior to the period of European contact for at least three main reasons. First, it is extremely difficult…

FAQ’s for SALT: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War

In the niipinwi 2013 edition of aatotankiki myaamiaki – the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s newspaper, I recently wrote a brief summary of Helen Frost’s SALT: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War.  This book was partly a product of a collaborative effort that included Myaamia people living in the Fort Wayne area, the…

Was “Aquenackwe” Little Turtle’s Father? (FAQ)

Was “Aquenackwe” Little Turtle’s Father? Was “Aquenackwe” Little Turtle’s father?  Probably not.  Like many Myaamia (Miami) children, I grew up with stories of family genealogy.  One common story that I heard was that my family descended from Little Turtle’s sister, Tahkamwa (Maria Louisa Richardville).  In family genealogies, Little Turtle and Tahkamwa’s father was always listed…

FAQ: Origins of the name Twigh Twee?

In many historical works readers encounter the term Twigh Twee as one name for Myaamia (Miami) People.  So where did this unique name come from?  The short answer is that we don’t know for sure, but the name probably came from the Cherokee or the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois).  The longer and more complicated answer is a…