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The Blackfoot: Bison Hunters



The Blackfoot: Bison Hunters
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.84

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    dark-coloured, siksika, unscrupulous, toll, manhood, society, critical, alcohol, social, spiritual, exposure, spite, indication, government, caption, stripped
     content words:    Piegan Blackfeet Man, Karl Bodmer, United States, Sun Dance


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The Blackfoot: Bison Hunters
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Caption: Watercolor on paper: Detail of Pioch-Kiäiu, Piegan Blackfeet Man by Karl Bodmer from his travel to the United States 1832-1834, painted August 21, 1833.
 
2     Have you ever wondered how tribes got their names? They are usually not names they call themselves. The names are often what others called a people. In the case of the Blackfoot, though, it is their name.
 
3     The Blackfoot call themselves "Siksika" which means Blackfoot. Some say it is because of their dark-coloured moccasins. Others say it because their moccasins were blackened from walking where prairie fires had burned the land.
 
4     The Blackfoot have always been a prairie nation. The men were hunters and warriors. They were often concerned with their spiritual side, as well as the ceremonies to go with it.
 
5     Young men were sent out on a vision quest as part of the test of their manhood. They were to fast alone until they had a vision. There they expected to meet their guardian spirit and would be told what to put in their medicine bundle.

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