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n. pl. Blackfoot or Black·feet (-fēt′)
1. A member of a Native American confederacy located on the northern Great Plains, composed of the Blackfoot, Blood, and Piegan tribes. Traditional Blackfoot life was based on nomadic buffalo hunting.
2. A member of the northernmost tribe of the Blackfoot confederacy, inhabiting central Alberta.
3. The Algonquian language of the Blackfoot, Blood, and Piegan.
4. See Sihasapa.

[Translation of Blackfoot siksiká (perhaps from the blackening of their moccasins, either from painting them or from walking near prairie fires) : sik, black + ika, foot.]

Black′foot′ adj.
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Magnificent scenery Wind River Mountains Treasury of waters A stray horse An Indian trail Trout streams The Great Green River Valley An alarm A band of trappers Fontenelle, his information Sufferings of thirst Encampment on the Seeds-ke- dee Strategy of rival traders Fortification of the camp The Blackfeet Banditti of the mountains Their character and habits
The Wind River Mountains are notorious in hunters' and trappers' stories: their rugged defiles, and the rough tracts about their neighborhood, having been lurking places for the predatory hordes of the mountains, and scenes of rough encounter with Crows and Blackfeet.
These precautions were, at that time, peculiarly necessary, from the bands of Blackfeet Indians which were roving about the neighborhood.
Under the general name of Blackfeet are comprehended several tribes: such as the Surcies, the Peagans, the Blood Indians, and the Gros Ventres of the Prairies: who roam about the southern branches of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers, together with some other tribes further north.
During the preceding year, their principal establishment at the forks of the Missouri had been so much harassed by the Blackfeet Indians, that its commander, Mr.
He had many particulars to give them concerning the Blackfeet Indians, a restless and predatory tribe, who had conceived an implacable hostility to the white men, in consequence of one of their warriors having been killed by Captain Lewis, while attempting to steal horses.
They were in the very region of the terrible Blackfeet, at that time thirsting to revenge the death of their companion, and knew that they had to expect no mercy at their hands.
Crows and Blackfeet squabbling - as usual - but no outbreaks, and settlers feeling fairly easy.
L'Heureux was often called upon to provide translation services when the government or others needed to communicate with the Blackfeet as well as when information was needed on the native groups and countryside.
Last year's first place winners came from the Woodland Cree, host Siksika, Blackfeet First Nation in Montana, and Prince Albert, Sask.
Local names include Asani, a contemporary a cappella Aboriginal women's trio; Blackfoot Confederacy, who live in Saddle Lake, nominated for Best Album Cover Design for Hail to the Chiefs; Cree Confederation, representing the people of the Treaty Six areas, nominated for Best Pow Wow CD Contemporary; Kicking Woman Singers, nominated for Best Pow Wow CD Traditional for The 4th Coming, with songs from the Blackfeet, Siksika, Kainia, Piikani and Cree; Kinnie Starr, originally from Calgary, nominated for Best Music Video for "It's All You;" Reddnation, from Edmonton and Regina, nominated for Best Rap/Hip Hop CD for "Grown Folk Muzik," and Poundmaker Drum, with members from Cree Nations in Alberta, for Best Pow Wow CD Traditional for "Live.
My life as an Indian; the story of a Red woman and a White man in the lodges of the Blackfeet.