Maple Sugaring: Myaamia Student Perspectives

Each year at Miami University, the Myaamia Center staff and Myaamia students take part in the process of Maple Sugaring.  Two years ago, we wrote about the process of maple sugaring if you want to learn more about how to collect sap and process it into syrup or sugar, but as we head into this…

A History of Eewansaapita

This past summer marked the fourteenth year of the Eewansaapita Summer Youth Educational Experience. Eewansaapita means ‘sunrise’ and is a metaphoric expression for community rebirth, renewal, and empowerment. It is the flagship youth education program of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma for tribal citizens ages ten to sixteen. The focus of the program is to…

Meehkweelintamankwi Aanchsahaaciki ‘Remembering Our Forced Removal’

By Joshua Sutterfield and Meghan Dorey aya eeweemilaankiki ‘Hello our relatives,’ 174 years ago this week, the United States government began the forced removal of Myaamia people from our historic homelands in the Wabash River Valley. On October 6, 1846, Myaamia people boarded canal boats near Iihkipihsinonki ‘the Straight Place’ (Peru, Indiana). All told, in…

waapankiaakamionki eehpyaaciki ‘They Arrived in Kansas’

On November 4, 1846, the first grouping of Myaamia people arrived on their new reservation in the Unorganized Indian Territory. They were unloaded at Kanza landing, in what is today Kansas City, Missouri, and then traveled the final 50-60 miles south via horse and wagon. By November 5, after nearly a month of travel, the…

mihšiiwia kiilhswa ‘Elk Moon’

Mihšiiwia Kiilhswa ‘Elk Moon’ is named for the Eastern American elk (Cervus canadensis canadensis). In the 1400s, it is estimated that the Eastern elk had the greatest range of any hoofed species in North America. But this dispersed and large population diminished quickly in the years following European settlement. By the 1840s, no Eastern elk subspecies…

wiihkoowia kiilhswa ‘Whip-poor-will Moon’

Wiihkoowia Kiilhswa is the fourth lunar month of the Myaamia lunar calendar. Like the other months named for birds, Wiihkoowia Kiilhswa is associated with the process of transition from peepoonki ‘winter’ into neepinwiki ‘summer.’ The month is named for wiihkoowia (Eastern Whip-poor-will – Antrostomus vociferus). Around this time of year, Whip-poor-wills return from their winter…

ahsenaamišipoohkiitaawi – Let’s go Maple Sugaring

We just finished cleaning up our siihsipaahkwikaani ‘maple sugar camp’ at Miami University. Maple sugaring season tends to be during Mahkoonsa Kiilhswa ‘Young Bear Moon’ and Aanteekwa Kiilhswa ‘Crow Moon’ which roughly corresponds with February through early April on the Gregorian calendar. This is the time of the year where temperatures are starting to rise…

cecaahkwa kiilhswa ‘Sandhill Crane Moon’

Cecaahkwa Kiilhswa is the third lunar month of the Myaamia lunar calendar. Like the other months named for birds, Cecaahkwa Kiilhswa is associated with the process of transition from pipoonwi (winter) into niipinwi (summer). The month is named for cecaahkwa ‘Sandhill Crane – grus canadensis.’ Around this time of year, Sandhill Cranes return from their winter nesting…

mahkoonsa kiilhswa ‘Young Black Bear Moon’

Mahkoonsa Kiilhswa ‘Young Black Bear Moon’ is one of two lunar months named for the American black bear (Ursus americanus).  To the best of our knowledge, this month is associated with the fact that it is around this month that American black bear cubs begin to emerge from their dens.  The start of this lunar month…