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Blackfoot Culture and History

As a complement to our Blackfoot language information, we would like to share our collection of indexed links about the Blackfoot people and various aspects of their society. The emphasis of these pages is on American Indians as a living people with a present and future as well as a past. Blackfeet history is interesting and important, but the Blackfoot are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary artwork as well as archaeology exhibits, and the issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Blackfoot Websites

Blackfoot Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Blackfoot Indian language.
Blackfoot Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Blackfoot culture.
Blackfoot Legends:
    Collection of Blackfoot Indian legends and folktales.

Tribal and Community Links

Blackfeet Nation:
    Homepage of the Blackfeet tribe of Montana.
Blood Tribe:
    Homepage of the Kainai First Nation in Alberta.
Blackfeet Tribal Business Council:
    Contact information and links for the Blackfeet Tribe.
Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council:
    Coalition of ten Indian tribes in Montana and Wyoming.
Blackfeet Community College:
    Tribal school serving the Blackfeet Indians in Montana.
Siksika Nation High School:
    Homepage of the Siksika First Nation highschool.
Glacier Peaks Blackfeet Casino * Discovery Lodge Casino:
    Homepages of the tribally operated Blackfoot casinos of Montana.

Books for sale on the Blackfoot

Blackfoot Dictionary * Blackfoot-English Vocabulary * Blackfoot Grammar:
    Blackfeet language books.
The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt * Story of the Blackfoot People * Amskapi Pikuni: The Blackfeet People:
    The Piikani Blackfeet: A Culture Under Siege: * My People, the Bloods * Rebirth of the Blackfeet Nation:
    Recommended books about Blackfoot history.
Firewater: The Impact of the Whiskey Trade on the Blackfoot Nation:
    Detailed historical study of the alcohol trade's effects on the Blackfoot tribe.
Crowfoot, Chief of the Blackfeet:
    Biography of the Blackfoot Indian chief Crowfoot.
Charcoal's World:
    Interesting historical examination of a Blackfoot man's clash with white culture and the law.
The Ways of My Grandmothers * Daughters of the Buffalo Women:
    A Blackfoot woman's biographies of her elder relatives.
Blackfeet Crafts * Blackfoot Craftworker's Book:
    Blackfoot craft books.
The Sun Came Down * Blackfoot Lodge Tales * The Vengeful Wife * Blackfeet Indian Stories:
    Good books of Blackfoot American Indian mythology and legends.
Blackfoot Ways of Knowing * Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians * Ni Kso Ko Wa:
    Blackfoot spirituality and beliefs.
Akak'Stiman * Modern Blackfeet * The Horse in Blackfoot Indian Culture * The Sun Dance of the Blackfoot Indians: * Blackfoot Musical Thought:
    Anthropology studies of the Blackfoot Native American people.
Fools Crow * The Heartsong of Charging Elk * Winter in the Blood * The Indian Lawyer:
    The Death of Jim Loney * Riding the Earthboy 40:
    Books by Black foot/Gros Ventre writer James Welch.
My Life as an Indian * Blackfeet and Buffalo:
    Books by James Willard Schultz, an early 20th-century adventurer adopted by the Piegan Blackfeet people.
Sky Dogs * Star Boy * The Lost Children * The Legend of Scarface * Storm Maker's Tipi * When Bear Stole the Chinook:
    Children's picture books about the Blackfeet Indians.
Blackfoot Children and Elders Talk Together * Blackfoot History and Culture * Blackfoot Native Americans:
    Books for kids about Blackfoot culture and history.
War Paint: Blackfoot and Sarcee Painted Buffalo Robes * Blackfoot War Art and Pictographs: * Blackfeet, Artists of the Northern Plains:
    Art collections featuring the artwork of the Blackfoot Indians.
Standing Alone:
    Biography of a contemporary Blood Indian.
Old Indian Trails * The Black Moccasin: Life on the Blackfeet Indian reservation:
    Older books about Blackfoot history and culture.
American Indian Literature:
    Evolving list of books by and about the Blackfeet and Native Americans in general.

Maps of Blackfoot Lands

Montana Indian Map:
    Tribal map showing the original lands of the Montana Blackfoot Indians and their neighbors.
Virtual Museum of New France: Plains Indians:
    Historical maps and articles about the Blackfoot, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other Plains Indian tribes.

Blackfoot Lifestyle and Tradition

Blackfoot Nation:
    Online Native Studies courses, history, and cultural information from a Blackfoot elder.
Blackfoot Native Americans:
    Overview of Blackfoot culture and history.
Blackfoot Nation * Blackfoot/Siksika * Blood/Kainai * Peigan/Pikuni:
    History of Blackfoot people in Canada.
Algonquians of the Plains:
    Ethnography of Plains Ojibwa, Cree, and Blackfeet culture.
The Piegan:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Piegan, Bloods, and Blackfeet tribes.
Blackfoot People:
    History and culture of the Blackfoot First Nation of Alberta.
Blackfeet Homeland Map:
    Map showing the location of the Blackfoot Confederacy territory, in Siksika and English.
Piikani * North Peigan Pikuni * Piikani Nation * Pikuni Indian Bands:
    Pikanii (Piegan) culture, lands, and people.
Siksika * Siksika/Blackfoot * Siksika Nation * Siksika Indian Nation:
    Siksika culture, lands, and people.
Blood Tribe * Kainai * Kainaiwa Nation * Blood/Kainai Indian Bands:
    Akainawa (Blood) culture, lands, and people.
Blackfeet * Pikuni/Blackfeet * Blackfeet Reservation:
    General Blackfeet customs and traditions.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump * Head-Smashed-In:
    Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a sacred Blackfoot site.
Blackfoot Legends:
    Collection of Blackfoot Indian legends and folktales.
Blackfeet Nation Flag * Siksika Flag:
    Blackfoot flags.
Coopee' (Berry Soup) Recipe * Blackfeet Lima Bean Soup * Wild Rice Stuffing * Blackfeet Frybread:
    Traditional Blackfoot food recipes.
Standup Headdress:
    Explanation of traditional Blackfeet headdresses, with a picture of Mountain Chief wearing his.
Blackfoot Clothes * War Shirt and Leggings * American Indian Dress * Warbonnets * Indian Hairstyles:
    Blackfoot clothing and other Plains Indian traditional dress.
Niisitapiikwan (Blackfoot Confederacy) * Siksika (Blackfoot) Indians * Piikunii (Peigan) Indians * Kainai (Blood) Indians:
    Online exhibit of artifacts from the Blackfoot tribes of Canada.
Native American Religions:
    Advice for people researching Blackfoot religion and other American Indian spirituality.
Medicine Wheels:
    Article on Blackfoot medicine wheel monuments in Saskatchewan, with a photo of an ancient site.

Blackfoot Literature and Arts

Native American Authors: James Welch * James Welch * Fools Crow * The Heartsong of Charging Elk:
    Winter in the Blood * The Indian Lawyer * The Death of Jim Loney * Killing Custer:
    Riding the Earthboy 40 * Interview with James Welch:
    Blackfoot/Gros Ventre writer James Welch.
Mike Mountain Horse * My People, the Bloods:
    Kainah author Mike Mountain Horse.
Beverly Hungry Wolf * Daughters of the Buffalo * The Ways of My Grandmothers * The Blood People:
    Shadows of the Buffalo * Children of the Circle * Children of the Sun * Legends of the Old People:
    Blackfoot Craftworker's Book * Powwow Dancers *Traditional Dress * Teachings of Nature:
    Blood authors Adolf and Beverly Hungry Wolf.
Native American Authors: Blackfoot Tribe * Blackfeet Authors * Emma Lee Warrior (Peigan):
    Native American Blackfoot authors, their lives and work.
Song Stick:
    Home page of a Blackfeet flute carver and musician.
Blackfeet Songs:
    Pictures and information about native Blackfoot songs and dances.
Black Lodge Singers * Tribute to the Elders * People Dance * Powwow People * Kids' Pow-Wow Songs:
    Enter the Circle * Round Dance Tonight * Weasel Tail's Dream * It's Been A Long Time Comin':
    Blackfeet music by the popular drum group Black Lodge Singers.
Just For Old Times' Sake * Straight From The Rez:
    Pow-wow music by the Siksika Ramblers.
Neokistomi Blackfeet Art:
    Beadwork and other fine Blackfoot Indian art for sale.
Where The Spirit Lives:
    Film about Blackfoot children's harrowing experiences at boarding schools.
American Indian Art:
    Information, photographs and links about Blackfoot and other native art.

Blackfoot Politics, Issues, and News

Kainai News:
    Canadian First Nations newspaper based on the Blood Indian reserve in Alberta.
Badger-Two Medicine:
    The Blackfeet Indian fight against oil drilling on their sacred lands.

Blackfoot Genealogy

Blackfeet Enrollment Department:
    Enrollment information from the Blackfeet tribe.
Ancestor Search:
    Online lookup of Blackfoot and other Indian records through the Archives genealogy service.
Cherokee-Blackfoot Natives:
    Interesting theory that people of "Cherokee-Blackfoot" ancestry are actually of Cherokee-African descent.
Blackfoot Genealogy:
    Database of Blackfoot family trees, also offering paid genealogy services.
Native Heritage:
    Direction for those seeking Blackfoot and other American Indian ancestors.

Blackfoot History

The Pikuni * Blackfoot Indian History: The Early Days:
    History of the Blackfoot tribe, their Indian neighbors, and white Americans.
The Marias Massacre * Notes On An Obscure Massacre * Witnesses to Carnage:
    The 1870 Marias Massacre of Heavy Runner's band of Piegan by the American government.
History of the Blood Tribe:
    Kainai Blackfoot history.
Lewis and Clark and the Blackfeet Indians * Lewis and Clark: Blackfeet Native American Encounter:
    Blackfoot Indian interactions with the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Blackfoot Treaty:
    Text of the 1855 Blackfoot Treaty.
Chief Crowfoot * Crowfoot, Blackfeet Chief * Chiefs of the Blackfeet:
    Sites about the Blackfoot chief Crowfoot.
Many Horses:
    Biographies of Blackfoot leaders.
Staking a Claim to Blood Brotherhood:
    The truth behind L. Ron Hubbard's claim to be a Pikuni Blackfoot "blood brother."

Links, References, and Additional Information

   Wikipedia: Blackfoot Confederacy * Blackfoot Indians * Blackfoot Indian Reservation * Kainai Nation * Siksika Nation * Piegan Blackfeet * Northern Peigan:
   Encyclopedia entries about the Blackfoot tribe.
   Los Pies-Negros: * Pies Negros:
   Information about the Blackfoot tribe in Spanish.
   Les Amérindiens Pieds Noirs du Canada * Pied-Noir:
   Information about the Blackfeet Native Americans in French.
   Black feet * Blackfoot Tribe * Siksika:
   Blackfoot links.
  Blackfoot Tribe:
  Blackfoot Indian books.



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