Eemamwiciki Summer Youth Educational Experience
The Saakaciweeta Summer Youth Educational Experience takes its name from the Myaamia language. The term Saakaciweeta means “emerge” and is used to define this age group of 5-9 year olds as they begin their journey in the Myaamia community. Saakaciweeta began in 2015 and is in its early stages of development. Saakaciweeta is an additional component to our ever-expanding community program opportunities supporting our revitalization efforts.
Our goal for the Saakaciweeta program is to create a safe space for participants to learn the Myaamia language, experience cultural activities related to the yearly themes, and to develop a strong sense of community between participants that will provide them with opportunities for interactions throughout the year. Myaamia language and culture is woven throughout all activities. Daily language use among staff is designed for age-appropriate comprehension and ease of learning.
The mission of the Saakaciweeta Summer Youth Experience is to provide a safe, supportive and engaging language and cultural learning environment for children aged 6-9 to explore their heritage through Myaamia methods of learning.
The Eewansaapita Summer Youth Educational Experience takes its name from the Myaamia language. Eewansaapita means "sunrise" and is used here as a metaphoric expression for community rebirth, renewal and empowerment. Community Elder Sammye Darling coined the term "awakening" to describe the community revitalization effort, which began in the mid-1990s. It is from this original idea of eemamwiciki, "awakening," that the Eewansaapita program was born in 2005. The program is necessary because many aspects of Myaamia identity, including language and tribe specific culture were not being passed down intergenerationally. The Eewansaapita program is one of many efforts to reverse this loss.
The mission of the Eewansaapita Summer Experience is to teach Myaamia specific language and culture to tribal youth ages ten to sixteen. Eewansaapita emphasizes Myaamia methods of learning and includes a focus on connecting Myaamia youth to each other in Myaamia places.
The vision of the Eewansaapita Summer Experience is to provide an educational experience that helps guide a new generation of tribal youth to be life-long students of their heritage language and culture and who will actively give the Myaamia language and culture a place within their lives. From this experience will come a generation who will begin another "new day" and will advance the efforts of Myaamia revitalization for future generations.
Currently, the Tribe hosts four camps (two saakaciweeta and two eewansaapita). The first two in June are held in Miami, Oklahoma. The other two in July are held in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Each camp is open to 25 tribal youth ages: 6-9 (saakaciweeta) & 10-16 (eewansaapita).
Maayaahkweeta means “mid-day,” a metaphoric reference to seventeen and eighteen year olds as they transiton into more adult roles within the Myaamia community. Maayaahkweeta will be launched in 2020, and is for graduates of the Eewansaapita program who are committed to advancing their use and knowledge of Myaamia language and culture as well as giving back to their community. The vision of the Maayaahkweeta program is to support older partcipants as they work toward self-defined language and culture goals and in developing their understanding of the Myaamia community ethic: “knowledge is responsibility.” In these pursuits, partcipants will serve as role models for younger learners.
Maayaahkweeta partcipants are expected to set their own learning goals and work via email with Eemamwiciki staff prior to the start of the program to revise their goals. As role models for the other participants, they are expected to speak and encourage others to speak the Myaamia language, model appropriate attitude and behavior, and assist Eemamwiciki staff as needed. Participants will also be completing an exit survey or interview at the conclusion of the program. It is recommended that Maayaahkweeta participants also attend a pre-camp training session on the Sunday before the program begins.
Eligibility for Miami, Oklahoma and Fort Wayne, Indiana: In order to be a Maayaahkweeta partcipant, youth must:
- Attend Eewansaapita for six years
- Demonstrate the desire to grow as a Myaamia learner
- Demonstrate the desire to give back to the Myaamia community
- Demonstrate an ethic of care
- Demonstrate respect for the values of the Maayaahkweeta program
For more information about Maayaahkweeta please contact George Ironstrack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This link will take you to an online application for both saakaciweeta and eewansaapita. Click here