Happy New Year!

wiiyaakiteeheeko weehki-kihkatwe! image by Somasundaram Rino A New Year has begun for the Gregorian calendar! The phrase above is how we would say “rejoice the New Year” or, more commonly, “Happy New Year” in Myaamiaataweenki. Don’t forget, though, the Myaamia Lunar New Year is coming up February 10th. Be sure to use this phrase then…

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 males losing their antlers. Today, there is a lot of variation within White-tailed Deer populations regarding when bucks drop…

Akima Neewilenkwanka (Chief Bigleg)

This will be the second article in the genealogy section of our community blog. The purpose of writing these articles is to educate and inform the Myaamia community about the important  people and families that make up our past. As Myaamia people, we usually connect ourselves to one or more of our ancestors to define…

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.  During the lunar month of kiiyolia kiilhswa (Smokey Burning Moon), grass and underbrush was historically dry enough for the burning of larger and hotter fires.  Myaamia people used to regularly burn the…

myaamia aancihsaaciki (Miami Forced Removal)

aya eeweemilakakoki (Hello my relatives), 169 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 next day loading concluded near Kiihkayonki…

Greetings – Part 1

  The following phrase is used to introduce yourself.   aya your name weenswiaani (click here for audio)   aya     +     weenswiaani (hello)     (I am called)

weehki-kaloosioni – Ice Cream

weehki-kaloosioni (new word) – weekapatenki (Ice Cream) We have been asked by many in the community over the years to come up with a term for ice cream. Thanks to the most recent request by Dante Fumagalli, a student of Dr. Wesley Leonard at Southern Oregon University, and to the coming of springtime and warm weather, we…

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 males losing their antlers. Today, there is a lot of variation within White-tailed Deer populations regarding when bucks drop…

naanaamaamhkiki (Earthquake)

nihsokone pooni-kiišikahki (19 ayaapeenhsa kiilhswa), naanaamaamhkiki noošonke siipionki! Wednesday (19th day of Young Buck Moon), there was an earthquake felt Miami, Oklahoma!