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Myaamia collection repository established at Miami
The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University have signed an historic agreement to establish a central repository for Miami Indian historical, cultural and linguistic resources.
The Myaamia Collection at Miami University will serve as the countrys primary research collection on the Miami Indians, accessible to the Miami tribal community, academic researchers and the general public. Collection materials such as paper records, photographs and maps will be housed in the university libraries, while cultural and patrimonial objects will be housed in Miamis art museum. Patrimonial objects include funerary, ceremonial and religious objects central to the Miami Indian culture. The repository will also house duplicates of tribal records.
We are happy to be a party to such an agreement between an institution of higher learning and a Native Sovereign Nation, said Floyd Leonard, chief of the Miami Tribe. Believed to be the first agreement of this type in the country, it is hoped that the Myaamia Collection can serve as a model for other tribes and universities, according to Daryl Baldwin, director of the Myaamia Project for Language Revitalization.
The collection will be developed by a review board comprising members from the tribe and from the university.
In conjunction with the Myaamia Project, an exhibition organized between the art museum and the Miami Tribe is scheduled for fall 2003. The exhibition will showcase, for the first time, contemporary art of the Miami Nation.