Daryl Baldwin, Director of the Myaamia Center, has been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation. This award is a wonderful recognition of what a tribal community is capable of when empowered by the revitalization of their language and culture, and supported collaboratively by an institution that bears their name — Miami University. Compassion and respect have been at the heart of this healing effort since its inception.
Read more at the MacArthur Foundation, and at Miami University.
myaamia mihši-nipwaantiikaaninkiši aapweeciki maaciihkaahtoociki meeloniteeheeciki – Our Myaamia students have returned to Miami University and they’ve begun their studies. We have 10 incoming first year students, and there are 32 total Myaamia students on campus this semester, which is our largest group ever!
“The Myaamia Center at Miami University has been awarded a $182,406 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the “National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages” project.”
“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 is designed to support projects that protect and preserve endangered languages.”
Read more at Miami University’s website.
Mihši-neewe to all who attended the 2016 Myaamiaki Conference, both at Miami University and streaming online! The videos of presentations from the conference are being complied and edited and will be available on YouTube soon, so check back for updates!
The 7th Biennial Myaamiaki Conference will be hosted at Miami University, Saturday, April 2, 9:00AM-4:00PM, in the Shriver Center Dolibois Rooms.
The conference will present current research and other topics related to the Miami Tribe. This year’s theme is eempaapiikinamankwi kineepwaayoneminaani (We pick up the threads of our knowledge).
Presentations will be given by Myaamia Center staff, Miami University graduates, and members of the Miami Tribe.
We ask that all participants individually register for this event.
Visit the 2016 Myaamiaki Conference Information page for more information!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!