weehki-kaloosioni: wilaalaansanto ‘New Word: Color It!’

We recently helped the Cultural Resources Office (CRO) of the Miami Tribe with the creation of a new word for ‘color it’: wilaalaansanto. This word is going to be used in a new children’s coloring book that the CRO will publish later this year. We created wilaalaansanto because in the time period before our language…

weehki kaloosioni: waapicahkihkwa ‘New Word: shaker cans’

Normally, this time of year we would have had our Annual Winter Gathering filled with lots of socializing, fun, games and one of our big events of the year, stomp dance. Stomp dance is a common intertribal dance that has been around for a very long time and is still a big part of the…

2020 Year End Wrap Up

COVID turns everything upside down The year of Neehseehpineenki COVID-19 was full of tragedy and disruption. In addition to all the lives lost and sickened by this terrible disease, we also paid a serious price in our ability to gather together as Myaamia people. We were forced to cancel events like the Myaamiaki Conference and…

weehki-kaloosioni: akwaniinkwaakani ‘New Word: Halloween Mask’

akwaniinkwaakani ‘general face mask, Halloween mask, thing that covers the face’ Just around the corner is October’s big holiday…Halloween! To go along with our recent interest in masks, such as our post about COVID masks two weeks ago, this week we have created a new word for a Halloween face mask: akwaniinkwaakani. This word literally…

weehki-kaloosioni: akwanileehsaakani ‘New Word: Face Mask’

akwanileehsaakani ‘dust mask, face mask, thing that covers the breath’ With COVID still affecting our daily lives and our “new norm” changing the way we act and the things we carry with us, we have been spending time creating new words around this ever-changing environment. We spent some time working with the language team to…