In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Diane Hunter and John Bickers join us to investigate the history and culture of one of the Myaamia (Miami) people, one of the at least 1,000 Algonquian speaking Indigenous tribes and nations living in different areas of North America before the Spanish and other European empires arrived on the continent’s shores.
During our investigation, John Bickers, an assistant professor of History at Cae Western Reserve University, and Diane Hunter, the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the time of recording, reveal what we know about the history and origins of the Myaamia people before European contact; Details about the Myaamia’s ancestral homelands and the different elements that make up Myaamia culture and identity; And, how contact with Europeans and Americans has altered Myaamia culture and their relationship with their ancestral homelands.
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Ben Franklin’s World is an award-winning podcast. It’s for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our world. Each episode features an interview with a historian who shares their unique insights into our early American past. It is a production of Colonial Williamsburg Innovation Studios.
Illustration: Francis Godfroy “Celebrated Chief Among The Miamis: Half French – Half Miami” 1827 (courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum).
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