People: The Siksika Indians are one of the major cultural divisions of the
Blackfoot Confederacy of the northern Plains.
Traditionally, the Siksika lived primarily in what is now Alberta, Canada. However, due to intermarriage among Blackfoot bands
and traditional nomadic lifestyles on the Northern Plains, there have also been Piikani people living in the neighboring areas of Montana, British Columbia,
and Saskatchewan. Today, most Siksika people live on the Siksika First Nation in Alberta, but other Siksika descendants
can also be found among the Blackfeet Nation, the Piikani First Nation, the Blood First Nation,
and in local non-tribal communities in Montana and Alberta.
The name Siksika literally means "black foot," and was the source of the English name for the Blackfoot
Confederacy. Because of this the term "Siksika" has sometimes been used to refer to all Blackfoot people (and
especially their language) rather than just the original Siksika tribe.
Alternate spellings that have been used for the Siksika include Siksiká and Siksikawa.
Our Siksika Websites
Information and language learning materials from the Blackfoot language, spoken by the Siksika and their relatives.
Blackfoot Facts for Kids:
Questions and answers about the Blackfoot tribes.
Collection of Siksika and other Blackfoot Indian legends and origin stories.