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).
Blackfeet: (Hello) Oki! (pronounced “oh-kee”); (go home), waahkayi.
Native Languages has a variety of resources to help you learn the Blackfoot language, including a variety of vocabulary worksheets, grammar resources, literature collections and learning kits. Being able to hear people speak the language can help you pick up on pronunciation and the nuances of the language.
The main food for the Blackfoot came from the bison. They hunted other animals when necessary such as deer, elk, and rabbits. The women gathered berries when they could. For the winter, they made a mixture called pemmican from dried bison meat, berries, and fat.
The Blackfoot were known as one of the strongest and most-aggressive military powers on the northwestern Plains.
The Blackfeet Nation works hard to retain its culture in the modern era. Annual celebrations of Blackfeet culture include the North American Indian Days Celebration and The Heart Butte Indian Days, featuring traditional dancing, singing, drumming, stick games, and rodeos.
Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt “Oki” which is a traditional Blackfoot greeting meaning “hello” or “welcome.”
Witkotkoke (pronounced wit-coat’-koh-keh) is the Lakota word used for crazy.