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"Niitsitapi" is an alternate name for the Blackfoot tribe. It means "original person" in the Blackfoot language
(the plural, "original people," is Niitsitapiksi.)
Most Blackfoot people today use this word to refer to Native Americans in general, not only to their own tribe,
so it is not commonly used as a tribal name.
Alternate spellings of this term include Nitsitapi, Niitsítapi, Niitsitapiiksi, Niitsítapiiksi, and Niitsitapiwa.
Here are links to our webpages about the Niitsitapi tribe and language:
Blackfoot Indian names
Canadian First Nations
Plains Indian culture
Here are a few good books about the Niitsitapis:
Blackfoot Ways of Knowing
Blackfoot Stories of Old
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