Jarrid Baldwin, son of Darryl Baldwin, Director of the Myaamia Center at Miami University, stopped by our classroom today to speak to the students about the Myaamia language and the role oral tradition played in their culture. We will be discussing oral tradition and storytelling in ELA later this year.
Jarrid discussed the importance of story telling to the Myaamia people, how the language changed over time and was eventually lost, and how the language was rediscovered and preserved.
He taught our students a few phrases as well, including basic greetings and his favorite word to say in Myaamia (nine hundred ninety-nine). It was an interesting talk and a great way to learn about local nations as we learn about the indigenous people of the United States in Social Studies.