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Instead of collecting data on bison, Blackfoot performed as wolves.

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The basic social unit of the Blackfoot, above the family, was the band, varying from about 10 to 30 lodges, about 80 to 240 people.

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The Blackfoot called the horses ponokamita (elk dogs).

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Before the introduction of horses, the Blackfoot had a "Pedestrian Culture" economy.

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Some companies pay the Blackfoot for leasing use of oil, natural gas, and other resources on the land.

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The Blackfoot Confederacy is the collective name of three First Nations in Alberta and one Native American tribe in Montana.

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The Blackfoot Nation comprises the lineages from these early people.

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One example of this is the book, Blackfoot Physics, based on the experiences of a theoretical physicist F. David Peat in the 1980s.

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Today, many of the Blackfoot live on reserves in Canada.

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In 1877, the Canadian Blackfoot signed Treaty 7, and settled on the reservation in southern Alberta.

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The signing occurred at Blackfoot Crossing on the Siksika Reserve east of Calgary.

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In Canada, the Blackfoot Tribe has changed its name to Siksika Nation, and the Piegans are called both the Piegan Nation and Pikuni Nation.

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At the end of the fifteenth century, western Nicaragua was inhabited by several indigenous peoples related by culture to the Mesoamerican civilizations of the Aztec and Maya, and by language to the Mesoamerican Linguistic Area.

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The Blackfoot continue to make advancements in education.

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The confederation in the United States and Canada was made up of three groups: The Northern Blackfoot or Siksika, the Kainai or Blood, and the Piegan.

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The first contact of the Blackfoot in Southern Alberta with white traders occurred in the late 1700s.

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The Blackfoot confederacy of Alberta in Canada and Montana in the United States was created from closely related, Algonkian-speaking tribes: the Piegan, the Kainai (Blood), and the Siksika (from which the word Blackfoot derived).

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The Blackfoot hunted bison before horses were introduced.

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Blackfoot students increasingly finding new means of employment based on their cultural ties and educational opportunities.

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The people also revived the Black Lodge Society, responsible for protecting songs and dances of the Blackfoot.

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Unemployment is a challenging problem on the Blackfoot Reservations.

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Before this, other native groups brought trade items inland and also encroached on Blackfoot territory with the advantage of European rifles and technology.

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The butterfly and moth were common figures in Blackfoot artwork, myths, and songs.

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During the 1950s and 1960s, few Blackfoot spoke the Pikuni language.

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The Blackfoot were renowned warriors and stood against white encroachment for a quarter of a century.

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The Sun replaced the Old Man in the Blackfoot religious system.

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To find work, many Blackfoot have relocated from the reservation to towns and cities.

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The character of the Old Man was a constant theme of Blackfoot lore.

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Up until around 1730, the Blackfoot traveled by foot and used dogs to carry and pull some of their goods.

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The Blackfoot called the horses ponokamita (elk dogs).

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The Blackfoot population was reduced from around 11,000 to 6,000 people in a fifty year period.

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The basic social unit of the Blackfoot, above the family, was the band, varying from about 10 to 30 lodges, about 80 to 240 people.

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Blackfoot people were nomadic, following the American buffalo herds.

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The Blackfoot Confederacy consists of the North Piegan (Aapatohsipiikanii), the South Piegan (Aamsskaapipiikanii), the Kainai Nation (Blood), and the Siksika Nation ("Blackfoot") or more correctly Siksikawa ("Blackfoot people").

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In 1994, the Blackfoot Council accepted Pikuni as the official language.

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Blackfoot social status respected the right of individual ownership.

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The Blackfoot, like other Plains Indians of North America, lived without horses for thousands of years while still maintaining a hunter-gatherer way of life.

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In Blackfoot religion, the Old Man (Na'pi) was the Creator (God) of the ancient Blackfoot tribes.

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