Veteran journalist Carl Hoffman believes he’s solved one of the great mysteries of the 20th century. In 1961 at the age of 23, Michael Rockefeller – son of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and a member of one of the richest and most powerful families in America ¬– travelled to remote New Guinea in search of primitive art for his father’s new museum.
WOSU News Archives For: March 18, 2005
Language skills are often developed over a lifetime. But, researchers on the Myaamia Project at Miami University in Oxford have a more daunting task. They work to restore and put into use a centuries-old language that hasn’t been spoken conversationally in nearly 45 years. It starts with publication of a Miami language dictionary this month. But, Miami tribe researchers vow to again make it a living language by teaching it to English-speaking Miami children.
The Miami Nation, a nation that once encompassed much of western Ohio,was lost to white settlers through a series of battles and treaties and finally forced removal by the US Army in the mid 1840s. With the tribe’s removal, their language declined too. But, a joint project of the tribe and Miami University seeks to restore what’s known as the Miami-Peoria language.
A project to recover a Native American language will get a boost this month with publication of a dictionary. The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio combined tribal knowledge with University resources to bring back a language that was spoken through-out much of Indiana and Ohio prior to statehood.