University enjoys a unique relationship with the Miami
Tribe from which the school derives its name.
Miami University is expanding its commitment to preserving Miami
tribal culture. The Myaamia
Project (pronounced: me-AHM-me-uh) is now a full center.
Director Daryl Baldwin says becoming a center further enhances
the project's language and culture preservation goals.
"I think the big thing that the Center will offer is a more
formal connection to the University on the academic side," he says.
"It will also allow us to organize ourselves internally to respond
to more growth. So it means a greater degree of support from both
the Tribe and the University so we can expand the effort".
The Myaamia Center is also releasing a smartphone
app designed to help people learn and speak the Miami language.
Andrew Strack explains how the app teaches common words and
He says, "The app is broken down into several categories like
living room, bathroom, kitchen, dining room, etc. And another feature
we like about it is that you can scan QR codes and the printable
QR codes are formatted to print on sticky labels so you can put
them up around your home, scan them, and test your language knowledge."
The app is only available for iPhone and iPad right now. Computer
science majors are currently developing it for Android. They're
also creating games to make learning more interesting for younger
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