Mayaimi Exhibition 10/2016

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.


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