Title: Blackfoot confederacy oral history
Description: This is a public Facebook page that was created to promote the education of Blackfoot oral stories.
Title: Blackfoot crossing historical park
Description: Blackfoot Crossing is the site of the Treaty 7 signing. It is considered a historic and sacred location for the Blackfoot. They have an interpretive center and it is well known as an archeological site. On their website is a tab you can click on about the Blackfoot language. On that specific webpage there is a Blackfoot dictionary with audio. The list of words is quite significant and categorized (greetings, colors, seasons, numbers, days/months, animals, plants, phrases, etc.).
Website homepage: http://www.blackfootcrossing.ca/index.html
Link to language page: http://www.blackfootcrossing.ca/dictionary.html
Title: Blackfoot digital library
Description: This was a project started by Adrienne Heavy Head in partnership with the University of Lethbridge library. On this website, Blackfoot history is archived and the public is welcome to submit information as well. The website has images, videos, documents, and audios in which you can listen to Blackfoot Elders narrating traditional oral stories. There is a Phraseology page which you can choose from a dropdown menu of many phrases pertaining to animals, ecology, eating, household items, directions, weather, everyday conversation, and so on. The phrase collection is quite extensive and most have audio.
Website homepage: https://www.blackfootdigitallibrary.com/
Link to language page: https://www.blackfootdigitallibrary.com/phraseology
Title: Blackfoot language
Description: This is a Wikipedia webpage regarding the Blackfoot language. Topics include: history, sounds, morphology and syntax, writing systems, radio programming in Blackfoot, Canadian government support, and revitalization efforts.
Title: Blackfoot language
Description: This is a public Facebook page that was created by students as an experiment to teach and learn the Blackfoot language. It has audios that you can listen to titled “Blackfoot word of the day” (not updated daily). This does not appear to be recently active, but it may still be interesting to look at.
Title: Blackfoot language group: The University of Montana
Description: The Blackfoot language group is the research lab of Mizuki Miyashita who is part of the Linguistics department at the University of Montana. Her focus of research has been on Blackfoot culture, specifically stories and lullabies. On her webpage you will find transcripts which you can listen to and read (found under Research Projects and then Transcripts). There is also a tab labelled Creative Projects where you will find Blackfoot language picture books which can be downloaded as a pdf. version and printed for individual use. There are also animated books which are the picture books in animated form (YouTube videos). Finally, there is a Language Information section containing information on the Blackfoot language such as orthography and grammar.
Website homepage: http://www.umt.edu/blg/default.php
Link to transcription page: http://www.umt.edu/blg/research1/transcripts/default.php
Link to picture books: http://www.umt.edu/blg/projects1/picturebooks.php
Link to animated books: http://www.umt.edu/blg/projects1/Animated%20Books/default.php
Link to language page: http://www.umt.edu/blg/projects1/information.php
Title: Blackfoot language guide
Description: “This Blackfoot language pronunciation guide is excerpted from a series of classes given by Keith Chiefmoon in Seattle, in the Fall of 1998 thru the Spring of 1999. This web page was created from a recording of Keith’s classes by Chuck Pliske. Clicking on the links will play the actual words spoken by Keith, a Native speaker and spiritual leader from the Blood Reserve in Alberta. As this is a work in progress, all the phrases and sounds have not been completed. Check back periodically to see and hear more” (Blackfoot Language Guide).
Title: Blackfoot syllabary
Description: This is a website that describes the origins of Blackfoot syllabics. It contains the original syllabics from 1880’s and information on how to use the syllabic system.
Title: Don Frantz’s home page
Description: This is the personal webpage of Don Frantz (and his research work). When you are at the homepage, you need to click on the Research tab which will take you to another page where you can then click on Blackfoot. Here there is a description of the language, dialects, grammar, lexicon, phonology, writing systems, and samples of conversations (with audio).
Website homepage: http://people.uleth.ca/~frantz/index.html
Link to language page: http://people.uleth.ca/~frantz/blkft.html
Title: Ethnologue languages of the world: Blackfoot
Description: Ethnologue describes the Blackfoot language using statistical information and where the language sits on the endangerment scale (EGIDS scale). Note: This page requires a paid subscription after viewing a certain number of pages.
Title: Martindale’s language and translation center: Indigenous languages of U.S. and Canada
Description: This website has been put together as a reference for Indigenous languages in the U.S. and Canada. It has external links to language dictionaries, courses, lessons, images, videos, audio, etc. This is a great source for finding other resources on languages (not only the Blackfoot language).
Title: Mizuki Miyashita’s research
Description: This is Miyashita’s personal research website. The website details her research regarding the Blackfoot language and also contains some language learning materials.
Title: Native Americans online
Description: This website has been created by an organization called Spiritalk Gathering (2011-2016). One of the tabs you can click on is titled Blackfoot Voice and here you will find basic language lessons that have audio. The other tabs include: holy people, Sstsiiyi lodge, medicine wheel, 12 moons, medicine, vision quest, warriors, wisdom, 7 coyotes, the way, storytelling, Sun Dance, NA names, sacred pipe, 7 philosophies, Ghost Dance, NA religion, and buffalo food.
Website homepage: http://native-americans-online.com/index.html
Link to language page: http://native-americans-online.com/native-american-language.html
Title: Native Languages of the Americas: Blackfoot (Siksika, Peigan, Piegan, Kainai, Blackfeet)
Description: This is a search engine where you can search any Native American language. It gives background information on the people, the culture, names, and history. Here you can also find a considerable amount of information regarding the language such as vocabulary, pronunciation guides, alphabet and syllabary, words ordered by thematic themes, and links to other resources regarding Blackfoot language such as audio, dictionaries, texts, linguistic descriptions, etc.
Title: Nitsitapiisinni stories and spaces: Exploring Kainai plants and culture
Description: This is a very handy and well done website. It was created to teach the public about the natural environment of the Blackfoot, mainly the plants that they used traditionally and into the present. The homepage begins with regions you can click on to see the plants (ex: floodplain, dry prairie, forest, parkland, wet prairie). Once you click on a region to explore (ex: floodplain), a list of plants that grow in that region will appear. You can then click on a plant and all the information regarding that plant will appear. Information includes the English name of the plant, the Blackfoot name for the plant, pictures, a thorough description, and traditional uses (oftentimes written in English, Blackfoot and French). On many of the plants (but not all) there are videos and/or audio. This website is set up like a thematic dictionary and is easy to use with great visual and audio components. Furthermore, from the homepage there are other options to choose such as: classroom, history, plant index, map of the Blackfoot confederacy, artwork gallery, photo gallery, and a link to a large list of digitized books regarding aboriginal culture.
Title: Piikani traditional knowledge services: Piikani nation
Description: Piikani traditional knowledge services is a department of the Piikani nation. Their mandate, according to their website, is to preserve the Piikani-Blackfoot heritage and culture. They offer many programs aimed at protecting traditional knowledge. Some of these programs are designed to preserve the Blackfoot language.
Title: Saokio heritage YouTube channel
Description: The Saokio Heritage was founded in 2008. They are an organization that aims at preserving the cultures of the Northern Plains. They specialize in the Blackfoot culture and they created this YouTube channel for individuals who wish to learn about the culture. They have videos titled “Word of the day” which are short videos regarding a specific Blackfoot word. They also have other videos pertaining to cultural activities.
Title: Spiritalk gathering
Description: This website is connected directly to the website above (Native Americans online). When you are on the Native Americans Online website there is a link to this website. This webpage does not have as many tabs as Native American Online but it has the exact same language section with the same lessons. It also seems more geared towards the Blackfoot culture as there are links to all the nations in Canada (Kainaiwa, Piikani, and Siksika).
Website homepage: http://www.spiritalk.net/index.html
Link to language page: http://www.spiritalk.net/native-americans-language.html
Title: UNESCO atlas of the world’s languages in danger
Description: The UNESCO website contains an interactive map in which you can search a language and read about its statistics and information such as its location, vitality, number of speakers, etc. However, for the Blackfoot language, it does not give much information. UNESCO separates the Blackfoot language of Canada and the United States therefore both links are provided.
Link to the Canadian Blackfoot: http://www.unesco.org/culture/languages-atlas/en/atlasmap/language-id-1244.html
Link to the United States Blackfoot: http://www.unesco.org/culture/languages-atlas/en/atlasmap/language-id-1453.html
Title: Universal survey of languages: The Blackfoot language
Description: This is a website that was built by Sean McLennan and Leah Bortolin (all information provided on website is from these individuals). It is a small website which contains Blackfoot audio samples, phonetics, morphology, morphosyntax, and syntax.
(This page prepared by Janine Jackson, June 21, 2016)
(Updated by Mahaliah Peddle, June 15, 2017)