ayaapia kiilhswa ‘Buck Moon’

Ayaapia Kiilhswa ‘Buck Moon’ is one of two lunar months named for the White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).  To the best of our knowledge, this month is associated with the end of the rut (breeding cycle) and the older males losing their antlers. Today, there is a lot of variation within White-tailed Deer populations regarding when…

kiiyolia kiilhswa ‘Smokey Burning Moon’

Kiiyolia Kiilhswa ‘Smokey Burning Moon’ is one of two moons focused on the cultural fires that Myaamia people used to shape their environment.  Historically, grass and underbrush were dry enough during this month for the burning of larger and hotter fires. Myaamia people regularly burned the woods and prairies in the regions around their villages….

mahkwa kiilhswa ‘Black Bear Moon’

Mahkwa Kiilhswa ‘Black Bear Moon’ is one of two lunar months named for the American black bear (Ursus americanus).  It typically occurs between late December and early February in the Gregorian calendar.  To the best of our knowledge, this month is associated with mature female bears giving birth to their cubs.  Female black bears have…

meehkweelimankwiki myaamiaki aancihseeciki

We Remember the Myaamia Forced Removal aya eeweemilakakoki (Hello my relatives), 171 years ago today, 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,” near Peru, Indiana) and on the…

kiiyolia kiilhswa ‘Smokey Burning Moon’

Kiiyolia Kiilhswa ‘Smokey Burning Moon’ is one of two moons focused on the cultural fires that Myaamia people used to shape their environment.  Historically, grass and underbrush were dry enough during this month for the burning of larger and hotter fires. Myaamia people regularly burned the woods and prairies in the regions around their villages….

Kokomo and His Family

kokomo neehi eeweemaacihi A Brief History of Kokomo and His Family By John Bickers and George Ironstrack In the spring of 1864, in the town of Wabash, Indiana, a young Myaamia (Miami Indian) man named Pimweeyotamwa enlisted in the United States Army to serve in the 101st Infantry Regiment fighting in the United States Civil…

ayaapia kiilhswa (Buck Moon)

Ayaapia Kiilhswa (Buck Moon) is one of two lunar months named for the White-tailed Deer.  To the best of our knowledge, this month is associated with the end of the rut (breeding cycle) and the older male deer losing their antlers. Today, there is a lot of variation within White-tailed Deer populations regarding when bucks…

meehkweelimankwiki myaamiaki aancihseeciki

We Remember the Myaamia Forced Removal aya eeweemilakakoki (Hello my relatives), 170 years ago today, 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,” near Peru, Indiana) and on the…

The Treaty of Greenville 1795 (Part I)

aweentioni weešihtooyankwi – myaamiaki neehi eeweemakinciki mihši-maalhsaki We Make Peace – The Myaamia and Our American Relatives – Part I In this post, we examine our people’s first treaty with the Mihši-maalhsa – the Treaty of Greenville. While researching this article I relied heavily on Andrew Cayton’s “’Noble Actors’ upon ‘the Theatre of Honour’: Power…

“Aya Aya” Song

aya ceeki, This video was created for the Myaamia Heritage Class at Miami University. It teaches you how to sing the “aya aya” song which is to the tune of the French nursery rhyme “Frère Jacques”. The song teaches general greetings and more. The first part is learning the verses to the song and the last part is singing along. The…