What did the Blackfoot tribe live in?
The Blackfoot tribe lived in tepees which were the tent-like American Indian homes used by most of the Native Indian tribes of the Great Plains. The tepee was constructed from wooden poles that were covered with animal skins such as buffalo hides. The tepee was designed to be quickly erected and easily dismantled.
What language did the Blackfoot tribe speak?
The Blackfoot tribe spoke in the Algonquian language.
What did the Blackfoot tribe eat?
The food that the Blackfoot tribe ate was primarily the buffalo but all types of other game were eaten if they were available. Meat was supplemented by roots, herbs, berries and fruits. The preferred method of cooking meat was by roasting however, the Blackfoot women also boiled meat sometimes in a bowl of stone or alternatively in a container made from the hide or the paunch of a buffalo.
What weapons did the Blackfoot use?
The weapons used by the Blackfoot tribe included bows and arrows, war clubs, spears, lances and knives. They also used shields made of buffalo hides for protection.
What clothes did the Blackfoot men wear?
The types of clothes worn by the men depended on the weather and the occasion. In warm weather men and boys wore little clothing, usually just a breech cloth. In cold weather they wrapped up in a warm robe of tanned buffalo skin. All their clothing, their beds and their homes were all made of the skins of animals. The skins were sewn together from the thread made from the sinews of deer. The Blackfoot men also wore fringed buckskin tunics which were often decorated with beads. The tunics were accompanied by leggings that were sometimes decorated with a fringe. In many Native Indian tribes the war chiefs wore the headdresses with feathers that leaned downwards. The Blackfoot however wore upright feathers in a halo war bonnet decorated with eagle feathers, ermine fur and beadwork as shown in the above picture.
What clothes did the Blackfoot women wear?
The type of clothes worn by the women were ankle length dresses made of buckskin dresses (the skin of a male deer) The dresses were decorated with beads. The women also wore leggings in cold weather.
What was the religion of the Blackfoot tribe?
The religion and beliefs of the Blackfoot tribe was based on Animism that encompassed the spiritual or religious idea that the universe and all natural objects animals, plants, trees, rivers, mountains rocks etc have souls or spirits. The Great Plains tribes such as the Blackfoot believed in Manitou, the Great Spirit.
Blackfoot Medicine Man: Skinwalker
The amazing picture depicts a Blackfoot Medicine Man as a 'Skinwalker'. Attached to the grizzly bear Skinwalker costume are the skins of many other animals such as frogs, bats and snakes. The beaks, toes and tails of birds are also attached to the costume as well as the hooves of deer and goats. The Medicine Man was believed to have a spiritual connection with animals, supernatural creatures and all elements of nature. The Medicine Man's role was that of opponent to the bad spirits and guardian of the ordinary man. The Medicine Man used chants, dances and rituals to protect men from evil spirits. The Medicine Man was a healer, a prophet and a mystic and as such held an important position within the Blackfoot Tribe.