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The Sun God's Children: The History of the Blackfeet Indians

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The Blackfeet were people of the buffalo. They originated on the plains of today’s southern Alberta, western Saskatchewan, and central Montana. In the 1830s famed artist and explorer George Catlin called the Blackfeet “the most powerful tribe of Indians on the continent.” Fur trader, hunting guide, and later, acclaimed chronicler of Native American culture, James Willard Schultz lived with the Blackfeet for many years from the 1870s to the 1930s. The tribe named him “Apikuni” (Spotted Robe). Schultz said the purpose of writing this book was “to integrate the activities of the life of the Blackfeet tribes, in the days of the buffalo, and including certain of their ceremonials of the present time.” The Sun God’s Children describes the Blackfeet as they lived before the coming of the fur traders and their customs, traditions, and religious beliefs, as told to Schultz by the Blackfeet themselves.

ISBN-13: 9781606390221

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Riverbend

Publication Date: 07-05-2010

Pages: 264

Product Dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter I When First Met by the Fur-Traders 11

Chapter II Nita' Piwaksin (Real Food) 35

Chapter III When Men and Animals were Friendly 53

Chapter IV Religion 74

Chapter V Origin of the Beaver Medicine 99

Chapter VI The Sacred Tobacco Rites 126

Chapter VII War 163

Chapter VIII Weasel Tail 170

Chapter IX Leaning-Over-Butchering 197

Chapter X Eagle Plume 221

Chapter XI Strong Medicine 241

Chapter XII Many Big Ears' Pictographs 248

Chapter XIII Chief Crowfoot 254