On Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., Miami of Oklahoma tribal member and University of Miami professor George Ironstrack will present "Our Hearts are Heavy as the Earth: Miami Indians and the War of 1812" at Angel Mounds State Historic Site. -by Mike Linderman, Friends of Angel Mounds

This presentation examines the War of 1812 from the perspective of one Myaamia (Miami Indian) historian.  "Throughout time, history has been cooped by those with power.  It's important to provide agency to these groups who have had their story usurped or silenced," says State Historic Site Manager, Mike Linderman.

Ironstrack's talk will trace the conflict from the failure of the peace established in the first Treaty of Greenville, through the fracturing violence of the war itself, and concludes by looking impacts of the war and the ways in which Myaamia people choose to remember this difficult period of their history.
Angel Mounds State Historic Site is located at 8215 Pollack Avenue in Evansville, Ind.

About George Ironstrack
George Ironstrack has participated in Myaamia language renewal projects as both a student and a teacher since the mid-1990s. He is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and received an M.A. in Origins and History of the United States from the Department of History at Miami University in 2006. In 2008, he joined the Myaamia Center at Miami University (myaamiacenter.org) as its Assistant Director and currently heads up the Center's Education & Outreach Office. Examples of his work can be found on the Myaamia Community History & Ecology Blog: Aacimotaatiiyankwi

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