weehki kaloosioni: koohkoošhkinaahkwa ‘New Word: Armadillo’

Throughout our history Myaamia people have constantly encountered animals that were new to us and created words to talk about those animals. In the late 1800s, many Myaamia people lived around and worked within the circuses that wintered near Iihkipisiononki ‘Peru, Indiana’ and created new names or repurposed old names for the animals they found…

weehki kaloosioni: šoohkwaakana ‘New Word: Car’

The Myaamia word we’re going to introduce today is our word for ‘car’ šoohkwaakana. This term was created years ago, but it’s a very useful one! So let’s talk through what the different pieces of the word mean and other related words that you can use. šoohkw + aakan + a ‘slide’ + ‘tool that…

weehki kaloosioni: kiinteelintaakani ‘New Word: Computer’

Computers are everywhere today. Everyone has them and we all use them on a daily basis. It’s important in any language to be able to talk about your daily life and the things around you, and Myaamia is no exception. For our new word post today we introduce a word we created many years ago,…

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…