Mayaimi exhibition curated by Colette Alhabahbeh-Mello at Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS)
The Mayaimi tribe lived around lake Okeechobee, that used to be called lake Mayaimi. It is said
that it inspired the name for the Miami River and consequently the city of Miami. They were
extinguished in the 18th Century, when they were attacked by raiders, who captured and sold
them for slaves.
The first settlements of this community is around Lake Mayaimi, that means “big water” in the
languages of the Tequesta and the Calusa tribes as well. It was later renamed Lake
Okeechobee by the Hitchiti tribe.