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…

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….

taaniši kiišikahki ‘How’s the Weather?’

Each summer during our Eewansaapita camps, we encourage participants to work with their group to present a weather report to their peers. Much like the weather reports we post on Aacimotaatiiyankwi, participants pair images with Myaamia language to describe what they’re experiencing. Want to try it yourself? All you need is access to a window…

Animacy In Action

For this second blog post on animacy we will talk more about how it works when actually using the language. It’s important to recognize that animacy is very complicated to describe and understand as a concept. As a matter of fact, linguists have struggled for a long time to explain it so don’t feel bad…

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…

Naming as a Source of Resiliency

By Kiišikohkwa ‘Haley Shea’ and Meemeehšhkia ‘George Ironstrack’ My (Kiišikohkwa – Haley) journey toward receiving a Myaamia name reflects the growth and change that I have experienced within my own Myaamia identity.  Before I began attending tribal educational programming, I knew my father had a “Native name” that we were told was not Myaamia but…

iši neepwaamici nintaana ‘what my daughter has taught me’ Part 1

Part 1: 0 – 10 months It’s not an understatement for me to say that everything I know about Myaamia language, culture, and people comes from my family, from my wife Tina (Peehkateewa) and daughter Adeline (nicknamed Seenseewia). My first exposure and experiences with Myaamiaataweenki ‘Miami language’ began when Tina was a student in the…