The Myaamia Center is involved in several programs throughout every summer, and 2015 is our busiest yet. Be sure to read more about what we’re involved in, and we hope to see you at an event!
June 1 – 12 National Breath of Life
The Myaamia Center and Recovering Voices partnered to run the National Breath of Life workshop from June 1-12. The program is bringing 29 community researchers representing 14 languages communities to Washington, D.C. to learn revitalization skills and look for materials in national archives. 14 Linguistic Partners also attend to assist, along with several staff.
June 15 – 19 eewansaapita noošonke siipionki
Our annual youth program in Miami, Oklahoma for Myaamia youth. Myaamia Center staff are involved in organizing and executing this Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Cultural Resources Office program. This year’s theme is Ašiihkiwi neehi Kiišikwi – Myaamia Earth and Sky.
June 24-27 Ribbonwork Workshop and Art Exhibit at Annual Gathering
The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s Annual Gathering in Miami, OK. Many community events are held, as well as governmental elections. The Myaamia Center is sponsoring a ribbonwork workshop for tribal members and their spouses. Register here! The workshop will be on Friday June 26.
Staff will also be involved in the “kiiloona myaamiaki eewiyawikiaki – We are Myaamia Artists,” an exhibit held at the Coleman Theater on Thursday, June 25. Keep an eye on the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s webpage for an event schedule!
July 13 – 17 eewansaapita kiihkayonki
Our annual youth program in Fort Wayne, Indiana for Myaamia youth. Myaamia Center staff are involved in organizing and executing this Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Cultural Resources Office program. This year’s theme is Ašiihkiwi neehi Kiišikwi – Myaamia Earth and Sky.
July 18 Ribbonwork Workshop in Fort Wayne, IN
The Myaamia Center is sponsoring a ribbonwork workshop for tribal members and their spouses. Register here! The workshop will be on Saturday, July 18.
See you at an event this summer!
Myaamia Center faculty affiliates Susan Mosley-Howard and Kate Rousmaniere have been studying the effect of self-identity on college success. They presented at the 2014 Myaamiaki Conference on their progress, and recently Miami University’s Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship wrote an article about their work.
“Rousmaniere and Mosley-Howard say the literature in the field shows the issue of self-identity is key to the college success of Native students globally, not just on the U.S. mainland, but also in Hawaii, New Zealand, and other societies.
“Even though we can’t say it’s a direct causal relationship,” says Mosley-Howard, “there’s evidence that students who are exposed to their cultural context – whatever it is – have more positive outcomes.”
Visit the OARS blog to read the article!
As announced earlier this year, the Myaamia Center was awarded a grant to administrate the 2015 National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages. Be sure to read our announcement for more details.
Breath of Life is unique in providing archival access for native language activists and scholars. Over the course of two weeks in June of 2015, approximately 40 native community members from across the country will gather to analyze documentation on their languages and cultures in the nation’s capital. They will work in the National Anthropological Archives, the collections of the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian, as well as in the Library of Congress.
Applications for the 2015 National Breath of Life workshop are now being accepted! Visit the website for more information, and be sure to share with any interested people! Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2014. Please contact the Myaamia Center at email@example.com with any questions!
“The Myaamia Center at Miami University has received a $167,650 grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project titled “Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages.”
Daryl Baldwin, director of the Myaamia Center, is principal investigator.
The funding is part of the Documenting Endangered Languages program, a joint effort between the NSF and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which recently announced 27 awards totaling more than $4 million to document languages that are losing speakers.”
Be sure to look at Miami University’s press release for more information! If you are interested in the Breath of Life program, the program website will be active on October 1, 2014.
The 2014 Myaamiaki Conference was a success, with a full day of presentations on Myaamia research presented to the highest number of conference registrants ever. We hope you were able to make it, but if not, all Myaamiaki Conference presentations are now available, as well as photos from the event. Please enjoy and share!
We are proud to announce the 6th biennial Myaamiaki Conference hosted at Miami University presenting research related to the Miami Tribe. The conference, titled “maamawi aanciniikiyankwi neehi aancihtaakiiyankwi: Together We Grow and Change” will be held at Miami University on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Visit the 2014 conference web page to register, find hotel information and see preliminary speaker information!
The National Endowment for the Humanities has chosen to highlight our “LeBoullenger Dictionary” transcription project in a recent report on funded initiatives. The project has been active for nine months and is progressing well. The article by the National Endowment for the Humanities is available here.
In a report Center staff published in the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s newspaper, we wrote the following about the project. Continue reading
In February of 2013, Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma launched a joint effort called the Myaamia Center at Miami University. The new Myaamia Center will carry forward the work of language and cultural revitalization that began through the Myaamia Project 11 years ago.
A relationship born from the intersecting paths of their history, the Miami Tribe and Miami University are intrinsically linked through more than just the shared name — Miami. They are also linked through treaty and removal events that significantly altered the tribe’s future and continue to challenge the American story. Although past events cannot be altered, the realities of today are being shaped and molded by a willingness by both entities to reach out to a new generation of youth. This unique collaboration is captured in the Myaamia term used to express this relationship: neepwaantiinki “learning from each other.” According to Miami University President David Hodge: “Bound by our common roots, we seek to learn from and contribute to each other. We are very proud of our deep connections to each other.” Continue reading