Definitions for blackfootˈblækˌfʊt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a member of a Plains Indian people resident on the upper drainages of the Saskatchewan and Missouri rivers in the mid-19th century: later on reserves in N Montana and Alberta.
the Algonquian language of the Blackfeet.
a member of a warlike group of Algonquians living in the northwestern plains
any of the Algonquian languages spoken by the Blackfoot
a Native American confederacy of several tribes
a member of these tribes
the Algonquian language of these people
of or pertaining to the Blackfeet; as, a Blackfoot Indian
a Blackfoot Indian
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The Blackfoot Confederacy or Niitsitapi is the collective name of three First Nations governments in Alberta, Canada and one Native American tribe in Montana, United States. Historically, the member peoples of the Confederacy were nomadic bison hunters and trout fishermen, who ranged across large areas of the northern Great Plains of Western North America, specifically the semi-arid short-grass prairie ecological region. In the first half of the 18th century, they adopted horses and firearms acquired from European-descended traders and their Cree and Assiniboine go-betweens. The Blackfoot used these resources to expand their territory at the expense of neighbouring peoples. Through the use of horses, Blackfoot and other Plains peoples could expand their range for hunting bison. But, it was the systematic commercial bison hunting by European-American hunters that nearly ended the bison herds and permanently changed the Native American societies of the Great Plains, as their main food was no longer abundant. Periods of starvation and deprivation for the Blackfoot followed.
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