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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Blackfoot Words

Welcome to our Blackfoot vocabulary page! Blackfoot is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Cheyenne and Arapaho. We have included twenty basic Blackfoot words here, enough to provide a simple comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

You can find a broader selection of Blackfeet words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know a Blackfoot word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser, consult an American Indian language dictionary, or visit our main Blackfoot language site for more free resources.

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Blackfoot Word Set

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English (Franais) Blackfoot words
One (Un) Ni't
Two (Deux) Ntsi
Three (Trois) Niokska
Four (Quatre) Niis
Five (Cinq) Niisito
Man (Homme) Nnaa(wa)
Woman (Femme) Aak(wa)
Dog (Chien) Imit(wa)
Sun (Soleil) Ki'smma
Moon (Lune) Ko'komki'somma
Water (Eau) Aohk(yi)
White (Blanc) pi or Ksikk
Yellow (Jaune) Otahko
Red (Rouge) Mhk
Black (Noir) Sik
Eat (Manger) oyiwa
See (Voir) Ainima
Hear (Entendre) Ayoohtsiwa
Sing (Chanter) Ainihkiwa
Leave (Partir) Asaksiwa

Click here to see Blackfoot Indian words compared to words in related Algonquian languages: Algonquian Indian Words

Blackfoot Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Blackfoot word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Blackfoot animal words
*Blackfoot body parts
*Blackfoot color words
*Blackfoot number words

Additional Resources

   Montana tribes
   American Indian dictionaries
   Native American Indian names
   Indian numbers
   Algonquian family



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