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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.


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]



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.
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
References in classic literature ?
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.
The Blackfoot is the hereditary enemy of the Crow, toward whom hostility is like a cherished principle of religion; for every tribe, besides its casual antagonists, has some enduring foe with whom there can be no permanent reconciliation.
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.
This new peace marked the beginning of the end for the Blackfoot Confederacy, however.
The land rises from the austere prairie to the towering mountain range, today comprising much of Glacier National Park, which is within the treaty area of the Blackfoot Confederacy.
During the May course, participants had the chance to hear from and talk with local landowners and land managers who have been involved with both the Blackfoot Challenge and the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited for many years.
Blackfoot and the Temprees, backed by dependable studio hands such as guitarist-producer Bobby Manuel and drummer Steve Potts.
Societies and dance associations of the Blackfoot Indians, Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, No.
Cardiovascular effects associated with high levels of arsenic in drinking water include atherosclerosis, hypertension, cerebrovascular diseases, ischemic heart disease, and peripheral vascular disorders such as blackfoot disease (resulting from gangrene caused by obstruction of peripheral blood vessels) (Chen et al.
This slim book, colorful with photographs, grew out of an exhibit about the Blackfoot Indians at the Glenbow Museum at Calgary, Alberta.
When the once-renowned Blackfoot River trout fishery of Montana hit rock-bottom in the late 1980's, biologists believed, or at least hoped, that native bull and westslope cutthroat trout (Salvelinus confluentus and Salmo clarki, respectively) could be the river's salvation.
Five years ago, Neal Harp said goodbye to Oklahoma and long, hard days of truck driving, saddled up his horse, Blackfoot, and headed out for a cross-country ride.