The Wiikiaami Room is a gathering space located within the Armstrong Student Center, on the 2nd floor, that educates visitors about the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.
The design for the room originated with a 2009 Miami University architecture studio. It incorporates several elements of a wiikiaami, the Myaamia word for ‘home or lodge’, including the room’s round shape and an entrance from the East. The decorative wood inlay, created by Myaamia artist Jody Gamble, uses a Myaamia ribbonwork pattern. The inlay wood strips extend from the floor through the seating to mimic the poles that would traditionally make up the frame of a wiikiaami. The room’s display cases highlight Myaamia language, culture, and art and show multiple ways students engage with Miami Tribe activities.
The Shade Family Room is a celebration of Miami University's history and traditions. Different themes are represented on each of the eight-wall columns around the room.
One column is devoted to the relationship between Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Focusing on the phrase neepwaantiinki, or "learning from each other," several photos and accompanying text show leaders, students, and faculty who have played an integral part in the development of this relationship since it began in 1972.
Artist Eugene Brown’s A Tribe Named Miami, A Surveyor’s Stake, A Town Named Oxford, is a cast bronze sculpture located in the Miami University Art Museum Sculpture Park. Installed in 2008, this sculpture aims to strengthen the relationship between Miami University and the Myaamia Tribe, an indigenous population of the region. As explained in the Miami University Sculpture Park Viewing Guide, the sculpture represents an intersection of Miami with the land it was built on, as well as a connector between the past, present and future. This initiative to revitalize the ties to Miami culture in 2008 is another branch in Miami’s ongoing initiative to more adequately honor its borrowed name.
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