2015 Summer Programming

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!

2015 National Breath of Life Applications Available!

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 myaamiacenter@miamioh.edu with any questions!

Center awarded grant for “Breath of Life” program

“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.