The Blackfoot tribe nomadic hunter gatherers who living in tepees and hunted the buffalo and other game such as deer, elk and mountain sheep. The only plant that the Blackfoot tribe cultivated was tobacco.
Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt “Oki” which is a traditional Blackfoot greeting meaning “ hello ” or “welcome.”
In mid-September, city council declared the Blackfoot word oki —which means hello—the ofﬁcial greeting of Alberta’s third-largest city.
The Blackfoot, who are also called Blackfeet, Indians were originally a nomadic American Indian tribe that migrated from the Great Lakes region to the Northwestern United States. They lived in the Northern Great Plains, specifically in Montana and Idaho as well as Alberta Canada.
The Blackfoot in the United States are officially known as the Blackfeet Nation, though the Blackfoot word siksika, from which the English name was translated, is not plural.
The Blackfeet Indian Reservation is home to the 17,321-member Blackfeet Nation, one of the 10 largest tribes in the United States. Established by treaty in 1855, the reservation is located in northwest Montana.
Blackfoot Confederacy Gros Ventre. Kainai Nation. Piegan Blackfeet. Piikani Nation. Siksika Nation. Tsuutʼina Nation.
Siksikáí’powahsin (commonly referred to as the Blackfoot language) is an Algonquian language spoken by four Blackfoot nations: the Siksiká (Blackfoot ), Aapátohsipikani (North Piikani), Aamsskáápipikani (South Piikani) and Kainai (Blood).
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. Names: The name Siksika literally means “black foot,” and was the source of the English name for the Blackfoot Confederacy.
Blackfoot believe everything has a spirit, whether alive or dead, and can be good or evil. The Blackfoot’s most important spiritual ceremony is the Sun Dance, which is also known as the Medicine Lodge Ceremony.
There are three branches of the Blackfeet peoples-the Northern Blackfeet (Siksika), the Blood and the Piegan or Pikuni. The tribe call themselves ” Niitsitapi ” (nee-itsee-TAH-peh) meaning “the real people.”
O’siyo – Hello. Do hi tsu – How are you. Do hi quu – I am well. Wadv – Thank you. E tsi – Mother.
Quahadis were the hardest, fiercest, least yielding component of a tribe that had long had the reputation as the most violent and warlike on the continent; if they ran low on water, they were known to drink the contents of a dead horse’s stomach, something even the toughest Texas Ranger would not do.
Today, the Shakopee Mdewakanton are believed to be the richest tribe in American history as measured by individual personal wealth: Each adult, according to court records and confirmed by one tribal member, receives a monthly payment of around $84,000, or $1.08 million a year.
Typical of the Plains Indians in many aspects of their culture, the Blackfoot, also known as Blackfeet, were nomadic hunter-gatherers, living in teepees and subsisting primarily on buffalo and gathered vegetable foods.