Native American languages
Native Americans information
Native American genealogy
New Blackfoot (New Blackfeet, Modern Blackfoot)
"New Blackfoot" (or "Modern Blackfoot") are names used primarily by linguists to refer to
the variant of the Blackfoot or Siksika language that is used by younger speakers.
As compared to Old Blackfoot,
which is used by elderly speakers, New Blackfoot has undergone
some pronunciation changes and some grammatical changes (such as changes to some verb
forms and the change of some animate nouns into using inanimate noun endings), as well as adding more modern
vocabulary. The differences are noticeable but speakers of Old and New Blackfoot can
still understand each other with little difficulty.
Here are links to our webpages about the New Blackfoot tribe and language:
Native tribes of Canada
Plains Indian culture
Here are a few good books about the Blackfoot:
Blackfoot Ways of Knowing
Blackfoot Stories of Old
Native Languages of the Americas website © 1998-2016 Contacts and FAQ page
Back to our Native American encyclopedia
Would you like to help support our organization's work with the New Blackfoot language?