This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Blackfeet Of The Americas Essay

1118 words - 5 pages

Who are the Blackfeet and how do they refer to themselves
Though referred to as the Blackfeet or Blackfoot, they prefer to refer to themselves as the Nitsitapiksi, which means “Real People.” This term is not only used by the Blackfeet to refer to themselves but to all First Peoples of the Americas (Ni-tsi-ta-pi-ksi, The Blackfoot Gallery Committee, 2001, 3). The Blackfoot Nation is a confederacy of three Nations, the Kainai, the Pikani and Siksika (The Blackfoot Gallery Committee, 2001, 2/3). These three Nations however are more commonly referred to in mainstream literature as the Blood, Peigan, and the Northern Blackfoot or the Blackfeet of Montana and are not the terms chosen by the Blackfeet Nations to refer to them selves (The Blackfoot Gallery Committee, 2001, 2).
This terminology, it would appear results from mistranslations of Blackfoot words, or names given to the Blackfeet from neighboring First Nations (source). For example the term Peigan is believed to have originated from an English mispronunciation of Pikani. How the Kainai ( which translates into “Many Leaders”) became known as the Blood Nation has many explanations, one is that it describes the term Aapaitsitapi by the Cree due to the ceremonial paint which was used on the face and hands which looked like blood. A second explanation is that the term in fact referred the weasel pelts the Kanai wore and it was mistranslated to mean the blood peoples (Bastien 2004, 10). Siksika is a literal translation of Blackfoot Peoples, the term Blackfoot or Blackfeet is said to have come from the Plains Cree who were referring the moccasins of the Blackfeet which were either painted black or turned black from walking on ashes left after fires on the plains (Bastien 2004, 10).

Blackfoot Territory and migration
Nitawashi is the term used by the Blackfeet to describe their territory, which traditionally spanned from the North Saskatchewan River as far to south as the Yellowstone River, Montana and from the Rocky Mountains as far East as the “Great Sand Hills,” Saskatchewan (The Blackfoot Gallery Committee, 2001, 4/5). Through contact, this territory was divided between two provinces Alberta and Saskatchewan, and two Countries, the United States and Canada. As a result the Pikani Nation, divided by the Canada-US boarder became two Nations the “Amsskaapipkani in Montana” and the “Apatohsipikani in Southern Alberta (The Blackfoot Gallery Committee, 2001, 2).”
While the Blackfeet were a nomadic Peoples who traveled across this land and freely visited each other, today the Blackfeet have homeland has been confined to small plots of land, entitled reservation in the United States and reserves in Canada. In Montana there is one Blackfoot reserve bounded by the Canadian boarder and Glacier Park, in Canada there are three Blackfoot reserves (source).
Traditionally, the Siksika tended to set up living camps in the northern and eastern parts of the territory, while the Kainai tended to live in the...

Find Another Essay On The Blackfeet of the Americas

The Free Trade Area of the Americas

582 words - 2 pages American nations. This will be called the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).NAFTA is supposed to promote conditions of fair competition in the free trade area, and increase investment opportunities. It's also supposed to provide effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.The debate over NAFTA divides members of both the Democratic and Republican parties. Many fear that jobs are lost because the agreement makes it easy

Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)

1573 words - 6 pages What is the FTAA In 1994, the leaders of the thirty-four democratic countries of the Western Hemisphere launched the process of creating a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The FTAA will be established by 2010 with the aim of gradually eradicating barriers to trade and investment in the region. The final characteristics of the FTAA will be determined through negotiations by government officials from the thirty-four participating

The Blackfeet- Tell me about the food, clothing, religion, recreation, shelter, transportation, and the location about the blackfeet

1360 words - 5 pages FoodThe blackfeet tribe was always grateful for the food and other materials the buffalo provided. Since the buffalo was plentiful in the plains, it was the main food source. Wherever the buffalo went, the blackfeet went. They would only hunt buffalo is they needed too, and if they killed buffalo they tried not to waste any part of it. Its meat was eaten fresh, smoked, roasted meat, even the tongue, intestines, liver, brains, marrow, nose were

The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)

2997 words - 12 pages The Free Trade Area of the Americas, which was proposed to be completed by January 01, 2005, would be the world's largest free trade zone. This American-led western hemisphere proposal would encompass 34 nations and 800 million people. The agreement is based on the NAFTA and covers such issues as Institutional Issues, Transparency, Environment Provisions, Labor Provisions, Tariffs and Non-Tariff Measures, and Investment as well as others. The

A comparison of "Child of the Americas" and "Amer

717 words - 3 pages Amerícans, happy in their new home."Child of the Americas", a poem by Aurora Levins Morales describes the perspective of a Puerto Rican woman that has a very diverse ancestral background who has immigrated to the United States. "Amerícan", on the other hand, is a more so broader depiction of a very similiar concept to that of "Child of the Americas". The poems seem to have many distinct similarities, including their common overall

Answering Americas Call. The role of America today

693 words - 3 pages receive this education required for the everyday changing society. But not everyone is seeking the education required. People have lost interest and the desire to stay in school. But with the society changing, people must have the training to produce and use new technology. This is where Americas call must be answered. People must begin to realize that instead of breezing through school or dropping out they can make a difference to our country by

Digging Into Holmberg's Mistake - IB History of the Americas - Assignment

512 words - 3 pages Hannah Cho Nordby IB History of the Americas I September 9, 2017 Holmberg’s Mistake Charles C. Mann, in his novel 1491, introduces a concept he called “Holmberg’s Mistake.” The concept is derived from Allan R. Holmberg's novel Nomads of the Longbow in which he describes the Sirionó people and their nomadic, impoverished lifestyles. His observations embodied the Sirionó as “[one of] the most culturally backwards peoples of the world” (8 Mann) who

European Imperialism in the Americas

2247 words - 9 pages .[5: James P. Stobaugh, American History: Observations & Assessments from Early Settlement to Today, Student ed., vol. 2, American History (Green Forest, Arkansas: New Leaf Publishing, 2012), 14.][6: Mary Callahan et al., "Fall of the Aztecs," Encounters in the Americas, under "Key Concepts," accessed October 23, 2013, http://www.watertown.k12.ma.us/cunniff/americanhistorycentral/04encountersintheamericas/Fall_of_the_Az.html.]However, the

The Stress on Americas Equality

1506 words - 7 pages equality. Songs from completely two different generations but each song is concentrating on the important issues of their time, racial discrimination and same-sex relationships. Both of the artists have the same dreams on fairness and each song is just the start of how people started to change their views on these equality differences. Music plays a strong, influential role in our society. Its popularity is the easiest way to get to people. Music’s

The Rise of the Sovereignty of the Peoples of Europe and the Americas

1921 words - 8 pages progress, which were distributed across Europe and the Americas. Even though some European thinkers defended the traditional system of absolutism, the Age of Enlightenment lead to a series of revolutions in Europe and Euro-America that promoted the notion of selfdom and influenced the creation of new governmental systems, challenging and ultimately weakening the traditional system of European royal absolutism. From the mid-1600s to the end of the

An essay on the causes of the seperation of GB and the colonies of the Americas

600 words - 2 pages The relationship of the American colonists and the British monarchy had long been an unstable one. The colonists had suffered years of neglect as Britain went through a period of civil war. During this age of neglect, the American people were allotted a considerable amount of freedoms and self-government. However, when the political climate settled down in Britain, the new monarch felt the need to tightly control the colonies. The American

Similar Essays

Comquering Of The Americas Essay

1452 words - 6 pages From the early days of European colonization many people know that Columbus was the first European sailor to reach the Americas. That is taught in grade school, the epic voyage of the three ships crossing the ocean to reach new land. Before Columbus made the so-called monumental trip it is widely read of his troubles acquiring funds to fuel his voyage to a new land. From country to country he went begging for men and supplies to reach the new

Civilzations Of The Americas Essay

727 words - 3 pages Before the Europeans reached meso-america, there were three great empires. They are the Mayans, the Aztecs, and the Incas. These early civilizations took up most of Central America and part of South America. Although, through the perspective of the Europeans the meso-americans were described as weak and uncivilized because of their appearance compared to them. However, the meso-americans were advanced in their own ways such as adapting to their

Civilizations Of The Americas Essay

705 words - 3 pages The Mayan, Aztec, and Inca civilizations were the largest empires in the lands we now call Latin America. The Mayans, the oldest of these three great civilizations, built their empire in what is now southern Mexico and Central America. Mayan civilization had collapsed when the Aztecs built huge pyramids to their gods. The Aztecs built well-organized cities and developed a writing system. The Incans created a road system to connect their empire

The Introduction Of Slavery Into The Americas

795 words - 3 pages The African Slave trade (more commonly referred to as the Triangle Trade) was the main support of the English trade with the Americas, in 1745 according to a British author. Without the slave trade, the American society would never be the same. With the extremely large profits turned by the English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese the economy skyrocketed on the slave market. All three continents affected by the African Slave Trade were