What Are Myaamia Games?

This year’s Eemamwiciki summer programs are going to teach participants about Myaamia games and the place they hold in our community. Our games can look very different from each other. Some are played on grassy fields or in the snow. Some are played indoors or wherever there is enough seating for you and your friends….

Myaamia Heritage Program — 2021/22 School Year Wrap Up

Miami University and Oxford feel different this week as the majority of students have moved out and things have quieted down.  For the staff of the Myaamia Center, this marks the transition to summer programs, but before we move on, we would like to reflect back on this year. This past weekend, we celebrated our…

Benefits of Community Building for Mental Health

I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that spending time with folks from the Myaamia community has so many benefits for my mental health. I frequently feel rejuvenated both emotionally and mentally when I get to interact with my relatives. This benefit of community-building was one observation made by tribal leadership in the…

2022 Myaamiaki Conference Recap

The Myaamiaki Conference is a biennial event that invites members of the Myaamia and Miami University communities to learn about the current projects being developed at the Myaamia Center. The 9th biennial Myaamiaki Conference comes four years after the last was held, as the 2020 Conference had to be canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic….

2022 Myaamiaki Conference Preview

This year, the Myaamia Center is hosting our ninth biennial Myaamiaki Conference on Saturday, April 9th.  This day-long event is a chance for our staff and affiliates to present their research projects to the Myaamia community.  The conference is held at Miami University, which allows faculty, staff, and students to also attend and learn about…

šoohkwaahkiinki ‘Snowsnake’

Over the past years, we’ve been working on reintroducing the game of Šoohkwaahkiinki ‘Snowsnake’ back into the Myaamia community. In šoohkwaahkiinki, players compete to see who can slide a thin piece of shaped wood as straight and as far as possible. Šoohkwaahkiinki can be played on frozen lakes or on a flat field covered in…

Winter Gathering 2022

Winter Gathering is one of the major events each year that Myaamia citizens and friends of the community can come together in Noošonke Siipionki ‘Miami, OK’ to celebrate Myaamia culture and hear about important news and developments within the community. This year’s gathering was meant to be the beginning of a yearlong celebration of the…

Benefits of Storytelling: Take-Aways from my Dissertation

As some of you know, I completed my doctoral degree at Iowa State University in 2019. As part of the process, I had to write a dissertation, a long and arduous manuscript summarizing findings from an independent research study. I wrote mine about the impact of Myaamia storytelling on living well for Myaamiaki.  I interviewed…

Myaamia Heritage Program Update – January 2022

The students in the Myaamia Heritage Program finished out their fall semester strong.  This year in the Myaamia Heritage Course, students are learning about Myaamia ecological perspectives and history.  We spent the majority of the year outside, exploring the ideas of how to view our environment through a Myaamia lens.  This included tree walks on…

Removal to Indian Territory

In the December 3 blog post, we learned about the 1847 second forced Removal of Myaamiaki from Indiana and the subsequent movements of Myaamia people between Indiana and the Miami Reservation in present-day Kansas. In the November 5 post, we saw that the winter of 1846-1847 was very hard for Myaamiaki, and many died. Still,…