We know how easy it is to lose an email so we’ve created this webpage in order to keep all of the prompts we’ve sent out in one place for you!
Click on each heading below to read the full prompt!
▸ Introductions (March 2021)
For your first prompt, we want you to introduce yourself to your pen pal! You can share whatever you want. However, we would like to challenge you to use “Aya, _____ weenswiaani” and replace the _____ with your own name.
If you need some more help, here are some other things to use:
- If you have attended summer programs, use some of the language you learned there! Last year, we included a new word for Eewansaapita participants: eeminootiaani ‘I am from a certain town.’ If you want, you can view Kara’s introduction video or Nate’s introduction video for ideas!
- Tell them about where you live! You could even draw or include a picture and describe it.
- Tell them about your family! You can also share one or two things about your Myaamia family or ancestors. If you want, you can share more too.
- Ask your pen pal a question! Tell them something about yourself and then ask them about themselves. For example: “I like to play soccer. What do you like to do?” or “I like eating persimmon pudding. What Myaamia foods do you like?”
▸ April 2021
The weather is changing which marks the end of winter storytelling time and the beginning of neepinwiki ‘summer.’ Here are some ideas of what you can share with your pen pal:
- As it gets warmer, what do you like to do outside?
- What does it look like around your house? Have you noticed any changes recently?
This is a good chance to try some new language!
- Try using specific plant names. You can use mahkihkiwa ‘myaamia ethnobotanical database’ for help!
- Can you describe what plants are doing in our language? You can start with saakipakahki ‘leaves are budding, coming out’ or saakici ‘he/she sprouts.’
- Bonus: pick a new word or phrase related to plants or seasonal changes to learn and share with your pen pal!
Since this is only the second prompt, try asking your pen pal a question that will help you get to know them better!
▸ May 2021
For this month’s prompt, we want you to share a story with your pen pal. It can be something that you did recently or something you created! Here are a few more ideas in case you need some help:
- Do you have a favorite activity or tribal event? What happened the last time you participated?
- Share a funny memory
- Where in your house or yard is the best place for an adventure? What would happen on that adventure?
- Draw a picture and describe what is happening
Are there places in your story where you can use Myaamiaataweenki ‘Myaamia language’? It could be an animal or plant name or it could be a phrase that you would use, like miililo ‘give it to me.’ See what you can find on the Myaamia Online Dictionary (or ILDA Dictionary app on your mobile device).
▸ June 2021
This month, we want you to send your pen pal a picture! You can choose to create the picture yourself or take one and include it with your letter. There are a lot of ecological events taking place right now, so show your pen pal what is happening in your neighborhood. If you need some ideas:
- Do you have a garden or is there one nearby? What do those plants look like?
- Have there been any interesting weather events, like big thunderstorms or flooding?
- In the midwest, there has been a large brood of cicadas hatching. Is something similar happening where you live?
If you’re not sure what a cicada is, check out our example photos taken in Oxford, OH.
▸ July 2021
June 20th was the longest day of the year, also known as pahsaahkaahkanka ‘summer solstice.’ For most of us, the temperatures are continuing to rise and summer storms are moving in. In our first summer program session, we discussed the impact nipi ‘water’ has on us and our surroundings. Did you know that the amount of nipi in the air affects the weather? What do you like to do when it’s hot? What about when it’s raining? Share some of your favorite activities with your pen pal!
Updated: July 1, 2021