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Myaamia Heritage Logo

Developing the Myaamia Heritage Logo

Symbol Components

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.
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 red kite shape

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

Full Ribbonwork Symbol

Completed ribbonwork symbol to create the Miami heritage logo

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.

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

Miami University Logo

Miami University Logo

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Seal

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Seal

Myaamia Heritage Logo

Myaamia Heritage Mark

Myaamia Heritage Turtle

The Myaamia Heritage Turtle, centered around the Myaamia Heritage Logo, also represents the unique relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University. A secondary mark to the Myaamia Heritage Logo, the symbol features elements which unite culture and tradition for both the Tribe and the University.

Around the turtle design, the words "myaamia" and "miami" highlight both the Tribe and the University.

Trademarked Myaamia Heritage Turtle mark
The turtle has cultural significance to the Miami Tribe and appears on several Tribal symbols, including the Tribal seal. The turtle has traditional significance to Miami University students who seek good luck by touching the heads of copper turtles at the base of the sundial statue. The sundial image is also incorporated on the turtle’s back.

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."

Myaamia Heritage Collection

In 2017, the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University established the Myaamia Heritage Collection, a line of merchandise featuring the Myaamia Heritage Logo.

Royalties from sales of the Myaamia Heritage Collection will support Myaamia students at Miami University through the Myaamia Heritage Award Program.

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