Presentation on theme: "Blackfoot Indians. They lived in the Northern Great Plains, so in Montana and Idaho and Alberta Canada. They migrated from the Great Lakes region to the."— Presentation transcript:
They lived in the Northern Great Plains, so in Montana and Idaho and Alberta Canada. They migrated from the Great Lakes region to the Northwestern United States. Currently, there is one Blackfoot reservation with a population of about 10,000 Indians in the U.S. and another 15,000 live in Canada.
Blackfoot Indians What started out as one nation, evolved over time into four distinct and independent tribes, each with their own government. Because of similar geographic regions how they live, including clothing style, weapons, and food is very similar Blackfoot Tribes: Blackfoot/Siksika, Blood/Kainai, Pikuni/Peigan, North Peigan Pikuni
Blackfoot Indians – Main Facts The Blackfoot Indians were skilled huntsmen. They primaly hunted buffalos. They traveled in groups, when hunting, to cover as much territory as possible. Each of the four tribes, although independent, share one official language called Algonquian. The Blackfoot population was known for being difficult to get along with. They fought with those living in close.
Blackfoot Indians - Spirituality They are very spiritual and believe strongly in supernatural powers. They believe that everything has a spirit, whether alive or inanimate and can be good or evil. The most important spiritual ceremony is the Sun Dance. It centers around dancing, singing, prayer and fasting.
Blackfoot Indians – Clothes, jewelry The Blackfeet were known for mastering several forms of art including embroidery, basket making and beading. The type of jewelry that women wore most often was earrings. They were usually made of seashell or semi-precious metals. Men who achieved a certain level of status in a tribe would wear a grizzly bear paw on a necklace.
Blackfoot Indians – Clothes, jewelry Clothing almost always included some part of animal hide or skin. Boys are wearing leggings, loincloths, moccasins, and undecorated shirt. Women wore dresses made from two or three deerskins. They would sometimes wear beads in their hair or paint the part in their hair red, which signified that they were old enough to bear children.
Blackfoot Indians – Family, marrige Men were responsible for choosing their marriage partners, but women had the choice to accept them or not. The male had to show the woman’s father his skills as a hunter or warrior. The man was permitted more than one wife, quite often a sister of his wife. The father would go out and hunt and bring back supplies that the family might need. The mother would stay close to home and watch over the children. The children were taught basic survival skills and culture. They would also play a popular game called shinny (ice hockey)
Blackfoot Indians – Famous Indians Crowfoot, a famous Blackfoot Indian Chief and warrior, was responsible for signing a peace treaty with the Canadian government. Kalani Queypo is a well-known actor with a Blackfoot heritage. He can be seen in movies such as The Royal Tenenbaums and The Juror.