The Blackfoot Tribe In Everyday Life

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Imagine living off of anything you can find, and giving up your life so others could live. Well, this was what the Blackfoot tribe did in their daily lives. In the Blackfoot language, which was based of the Algonquian language, they called themselves Siksika meaning "Those with Black Moccasins." Originally the nomadic American tribe migrated from the Great Lakes to live in the plains region including Montana, Idaho, and even Alberta, Canada. The Blackfoot tribe was split into three smaller tribes the Blood tribe, the Peigan tribe, and the North Peigan. The Blackfoot tribe had important spiritual beliefs, had adaptable and creative clothing, and were resilient when it came to food. This tribe fascinates modern Americans. Spirituality for the …show more content…
A majority of the natives cloths was made from buffalo, deer, elk, and antelope skins. The women in the tribe dressed well; they fashioned in ankle length sleeveless deerskin dresses held up by straps, decorated with porcupine quills, cut fringe, and simple geometric designs colored with earth pigments. In the freezing winter additional sleeves were attached to the dressers. The women also wore their hair loose or in two thick braids in their daily lives. Once white settlers came to town, they adopted the use of wool and cloth to make an abundant amount of their garments. The men dressed as well, but they wore simpler clothing. Men wore buckskin tunics and breechcloth with leggings made from antelope, with hair in three braids in a topknot or high pompadour. On special occasions such as war, religious ceremonies, and festive decorations, they painted their faces in majestic patterns. Similarly to the women, the men adopted European calico dresses and felt hats. Some clothing all at the Blackfeet wore: moccasins and buffalo hide robes decorated with earth pigments or plant dyes and elaborate porcupine quills in cold weather. Common Tribal members and chiefs looked practically looked the same, but for one detail: the chief would wear a tall feather headdresses. But soon this all changed because of pressure from Christian missionaries and the disappearance of the buffalo. The people of the Blackfoot tribe began to wear “citizens dress.” Citizens dresses comprised of coat, pants, and white man shoes, but the Blackfoot tribe rejected to wear the shoes, rather they wore their native moccasins. Afterall, the clothing of this tribe and their people were very

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