Boarding Schools

Warning: this post contains distressing details. Recent news coming from Canada, particularly from the grounds of Kamloops Indian Residential School, Marieval Indian Residential School, St. Eugene’s Mission School and just recently the Kuper Island Residential School, has illuminated a sobering truth: for many Indigenous children, school was a place of suffering, trauma, and death. U.S….

Miincipahkinki ‘In the Cornfield’

Planting and caring for miincipi ‘corn’ is a generations old summertime activity for Myaamiaki. This is reflected in our lunar calendar system, which has one month named for a stage of the growth miincipi and strong ecological connections to three other months (see the image caption below for more details on miincipi’s connection to the…

Exemptions from Removal

This audio file is a reading of the post that follows. In previous blog posts, we have examined the events leading up to the 1840 Myaamia Removal treaty and the circumstances that led the Miami National Council to agree to Removal. We also noted that the 1838 and 1840 treaties provided for three families to…

taaniši kiišikahki ‘How’s the Weather?’

Each summer during our Eewansaapita camps, we encourage participants to work with their group to present a weather report to their peers. Much like the weather reports we post on Aacimotaatiiyankwi, participants pair images with Myaamia language to describe what they’re experiencing. Want to try it yourself? All you need is access to a window…

pahsaahkaahkanka ‘Summer Solstice’

This summer, Eemamwiciki Summer Program participants are exploring ašiihkiwi neehi kiišikwi ‘Earth and Sky.’ One sky event easy to observe is pahsaahkaahkanka ‘summer solstice.’ This term refers to splitting the sky since the Sun appears directly overhead in our homelands. It also marks the longest day of the year. Pahsaahkaahkanka always occurs during Paaphsaahka Niipinwiki…