Tending the Fire

aya! This is the friendly greeting of the myaamiaki, or the Miami people — the members of the Native American tribe who, before the advancement of European settlers, occupied a large portion of the Great Lakes region and often roamed the land where Miami University now stands. It may be a single small word, but aya represents a language and a culture that has undergone tremendous revival and renewal in the past few decades, thanks in part to Myaamia students at Miami who have embraced their heritage. In 1846, the Myaamia people were forcibly removed from their homeland after...

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