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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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npl -feet or -foot
1. (Peoples) a member of a group of Native American peoples formerly living in the northwestern Plains
2. (Languages) any of the languages of these peoples, belonging to the Algonquian family
[C19: translation of Blackfoot Siksika]
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n., pl. -feet, (esp. collectively) -foot.
1. a member of a Plains Indian people resident on the upper drainages of the Saskatchewan and Missouri rivers in the mid-19th century: later on reserves in N Montana and Alberta.
2. the Algonquian language of the Blackfeet.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Blackfoot - a member of a warlike group of Algonquians living in the northwestern plainsBlackfoot - a member of a warlike group of Algonquians living in the northwestern plains
Algonquian, Algonquin - a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast
Buffalo Indian, Plains Indian - a member of one of the tribes of American Indians who lived a nomadic life following the buffalo in the Great Plains of North America
2.Blackfoot - any of the Algonquian languages spoken by the Blackfoot
Algonquian language, Algonquin, Algonquian - family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
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References in classic literature ?
He was stripped naked, and, having some knowledge of the Blackfoot language, overheard a consultation as to the mode of despatching him, so as to derive the greatest amusement from his death.
Lay a row of moccasins before me - Pawnee, Sioux, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Blackfoot, and as many other tribes as you please - and I can name the tribe every moccasin belongs to by the make of it.
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Edward Chamberlin; THE BANKER AND THE BLACKFOOT; BlueBridge (Nonfiction: History) 24.95 ISBN: 9781629190174
Napi, the Old Man of the Blackfoot Nation, is a central figure in oral narratives, sometimes appearing as a quasi-creator, sometimes a fool, and sometimes brutal murderer.
The three divisions of the Confederacy called Blackfoot in Canada are North Blackfoot (Siksika), Blood (Kainah), and Piegan or Peigan in Canada (Pikuni).
Brown, Visiting with the Ancestors; Blackfoot Shirts in Museum Spaces.
First Idaho Title, of Montpelier, has been acquired by Title Financial Corp., based in Blackfoot. First Idaho Title will operate under TFC'sIdaho subsidiary company, First American Title Company, Inc.
The ceremony was held south of the national park on provincial crown land referred to as the Blackfoot reserve, 24 km from the Alberta-Montana border.
In the Neutral Hills complex in present-day Alberta, a location where bison congregated during these mild winters, the Niitsitapi (the Blackfoot People), Cree, Plains Ojibwa and Nakoda joined camps and coordinated their bison hunting despite the fact that the Cree alliance and the Blackfoot were at war at the time.