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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
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Arlen, along with Associate Editor Craig Jones' descriptions, showcases Men's Buckskin among the Niitsitapi peopl known as the Blackfoot Confederacy.
I BEGIN THIS WRITTEN TEXT as I began its oral presentation as part of the "Committing Sociology" panel, with an acknowledgment that our session was taking place on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Stoney, and the Tsuu T'ina on what is today Treaty 7.
He will be the first bishop to serve the Indigenous Anglican churches of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Treaty 7 territory.
The first crisis was the decline of the buffalo herds and the resulting conflict between the Cree and the bands of the Blackfoot Confederacy over access to the remaining animals.
These bundles are shared among the whole confederacy and these buffalo coming back to the Blackfeet in Montana, they're part of the Blackfoot confederacy," said Fox, who noted that members from the Piikani, Siksika, and Blackfeet participated in the ceremony.
They incorporated the repatriation of Blackfoot artifacts to the Blackfoot reserve and Blackfoot Confederacy.
The Bloods, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, chose a reserve in some of the most arable land in the province where they successfully made the transition from warrior/hunters to farmer/ranchers.
The tree had established their buffalo territory on the plains, and though there were still clashes with the Blackfoot Confederacy, a mutual need for less violence had Elders in both tribes advocating peace.
The Cypress Hills were a point of convergence for Plains Cree, Nakoda, and people of the Blackfoot Confederacy who went there as part of the seasonal rounds of the buffalo economy or sought food, timber and shelter in winter.
The prairies had been occupied by the powerful, organized, and warlike Blackfoot confederacy, which had effectively excluded major inroads by either white settlers or the Cree-mediated fur trade.
Amos Leather was the sole custodian of many songs, rituals, and dances of the Blackfoot Confederacy of Alberta and Montana.
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