The Blackfoot language is spoken by four bands of Blackfoot people: Káínai (Many Chiefs) also
known as the Blood Band, Aapátohsipiikáni (North Peigan), Aamsskáápipikani (South Peigan), and
It is acknowledged that there are dialects within these four bands.
Originally, Blackfoot was a spoken language, not written. For those whose first language was
Blackfoot, they learned as children by listening carefully and repeating.
Learnblackfoot.ca will help you to learn Blackfoot in a similar way. You will enjoy it’s interactive ap-
proach, designed to help you learn and recall words and phrases, and see how to use them in normal
The Blackfoot Language
The Blackfoot Culture
Traditional territories included parts of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Montana. In the past, they
moved where there was an abundance of food that included the harvesting of buffalo, elk, deer,
fish, birds, wild herbs, vegetables, and berries. They also became skilled horsemen when the
horse became available, which aided them in various activities.
The Blackfoot Tribe enjoys a rich culture that includes showing respect for Á’pistotooki (Creator).
Culture is greatly influenced by creation. Traditionally, clothing was crafted from what the surround-
ing environment offered. Social dances are often in imitation of animals, while others tell a story.
Today, dancing and singing is still a big part of socializing. When attending social dances, called
pow wows, you will see strikingly beautiful handcrafted clothing made of animal skins, beads,
feathers, fine cloths and vibrant ribbons, along with athletic and intricate dances, and the singing of
both men and women.
Visiting and telling stories, along with the comforting taste of a hearty meat soup, or a simple cup of
mint tea is an important part of the communication enjoyed. So pull up a seat, and click on the
“Let’s Get Started!” button to begin your learning adventure!
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