Miami Presents: Language Revitalization and Current Language Work

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Myaamiaataweenki ‘Miami Language’ Pronunciation Guide:

Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma first connected in 1972 when Chief Forest Olds, having heard about a university in Ohio that shared a name with his Tribal nation, showed up on campus unexpectedly during a visit to Cincinnati. What came of that surprise encounter is a now 50-year-long partnership between the two Miamis - one they plan to commemorate throughout 2022 including with this series of webinars.  Join us to learn more about the Miami Tribe, the relationship between the Miami Tribe and Miami University, as well as the relationship outcomes, including the work of the Myaamia Center and the Myaamia Heritage Program.

Revitalization of the Myaamia language has been a priority of the cultural efforts of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma for almost thirty years, and has been at the center of the activities of the Myaamia Center since its founding. The work of Myaamia language revitalization falls into two broad categories, language teaching and language research, both of which feed and influence the other. In this presentation we will discuss the language teaching and research agendas of the Myaamia Center, while also discussing the software programs the Center has developed to support and link these two ongoing projects.

David Costa is the Director of the Language Research Office at the Myaamia Center. He has been studying the Miami-Illinois language since 1988 and working with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma on language revitalization since 1995.

Jarrid Baldwin is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and works in the College of Education, Health and Society as the Myaamia Language Coordinator. His primary focus is teaching the Miami language in the Miami community.

The presentation is available to all and free to watch online, but registration is required.  Please reach out to Ellie Witter at with questions. The full schedule of virtual presentations for the 50th anniversary of the relationship between Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma:

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