Mihšihkinaahkwa – A Brief Biography of ‘Little Turtle’

Akima Mihšihkinaahkwa ‘Chief Little Turtle’ (~1747-1812) was a prominent Myaamia leader from 1780 until 1809. Not much is known about his childhood. Little is known about his parents, but he did share one parent in common with the Myaamia leaders Pakaana and Tahkamwa. It is likely that he grew up in the area between the…

Mihši-maalhsa Wars Part IV – The Battle of the Taawaawa Siipiiwi

meekaalankwiki mihši-maalhsa – mikaalitioni taawaawa siipionki Mihši-maalhsa Wars Part IV- The Battle of the Taawaawa Siipiiwi This article is the fourth of a five-part series on the history of our wars with the Mihši-maalhsa ‘Americans,’ which occurred from 1778-1794 and from 1812-1814. This fourth article focuses on the Battle of the Taawaawa Siipiiwi ‘Maumee River,’…

The Many Branches of Tahkamwa’s Family Tree

by John Bickers and George Ironstrack This post is the first in a new series of articles touching on Myaamia kinship and genealogy. It is the hope of the authors that Myaamia community members will be interested to learn more about how our Myaamia families are interrelated. Additionally, we hope that community members will request future…

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 (click to hear pronuncation).  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…

The Mihši-maalhsa Wars – Part III

meekaalankwiki mihši-maalhsa – mikaalitioni waapaahšiki siipionki The Mihši-maalhsa Wars – Part III – The Battle of the Wabash This post is the third of a five-part series on the history of our wars with the Mihši-maalhsaki (Americans), which occurred from 1778-1794 and from 1812-1814. This third post focuses on the Battle of the Waapaahšiki, also…