Myaamia Heritage Logo

The Myaamia Heritage Logo symbolizes the unique relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma (MTO) and Miami University. The design is a reference to Myaamia ribbonwork, a traditional Miami Tribe art form.

Explore the elements of this symbol and learn about how a seemingly simple symbol embodies an entire relationship.

An example of tending the fire of our relationship, the process of collaborating to design this symbol reflects the close partnership between the University and Tribe.

Ribbonwork symbol

This ribbonwork pattern uses two large geometric diamonds (the left represents the Miami Tribe and the right represents Miami University) extending on either side of a central diamond that represents the space where these two connect with a shared vision, a sense of cooperation and a deep respect for the reciprocal learning that results.

A red circle inside of a white diamond

The red dot at the center of the shared space represents fire (koteewi), a symbol of the warmth of this partnership and a recognition of the shared responsibility needed to "tend the fire" necessary to  continue nurturing this relationship for future growth.

horizontal black kite shape

Black stands for depth of time, earned respect, accumulated cultural wisdom and recognizes the tribe’s deep ties to their historical homelands.

White diamond

White is the area of connection and collaboration. It represents a shared clarity of vision, cooperation, and respectful learning from each other.

horizontal red kite shape

Red stands for responsibility, sacrifice, and a commitment to gain and share knowledge.

From the Designers

Alyse Capaccio

Alyse Capaccio

“I'm honored to have been able to play a role in the development of this program. I enjoyed collaborating with Julie to develop a mark in which every detail is meaningful, and that resonates with both the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University. I am very happy with the final marks that communicate the shared vision and respect of the partnership, and I’m excited for Miami students to learn more about this relationship."

Julie Olds

Julie Olds

“As Cultural Resource Officer for the Miami Tribe, it was important to me to create a graphic that would be visually representative of the relationship, to take care to develop an image with embedded and deep meaning that would perpetually reflect the importance of the relationship to both entities. The colors, the shapes, and the placement of shapes within the created graphic all have specific meaning that articulates, in its translation, the responsibility of each partner and essential mutual reciprocity of the ongoing partnership."

The Myaamia Heritage Logo does not replace the existing symbols by Miami University or the Miami Tribe.

Miami University Logo
MU logo

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Seal
MTO seal

Myaamia Heritage Logo

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