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Central to all traditional knowledge is the unique language from which the knowledge arises. Both linguists and ethnographers recorded and documented the 'voices' of Blackfeet people during the early 20th century. This documentation, collected in both the Blackfeet and English, includes individual biographies, community history and mythology. These Blackfeet language materials can be found in a wide variety of places, from public archives, museums and churches.

Language materials from the National Museum of Natural History:One of the most important archives to find language materials available to the public is the National Anthorpological Archives at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Language materials from Piegan Institute in Browning, Montana:Piegan Institute is a private nonprofit on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. Their mission is to preserve, promote and research Native langauges. Piegan Institute has worked with various scholars and first language speakers to create various language materials.

Language materials from C.C. Uhlenbeck and his students: In the summers of 1910 and 1911 the linguist C.C. Uhlenbeck came to the study the Piegan language on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. He created a wide variety of langauge materials.

Language materials from older published materials: The earliest published materials were created either to teach the Piegan to speak English or for traders to learn to speak Blackfeet.


Language materials are in PDF format which requires Acrobat Reader. If Acrobat Reader is installed on your system, view documents by clicking on the related links. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you can obtain it for free from Adobe.

Language materials will be added on a regular basis, please check back again.

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