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The Social Life of the Blackfoot Indians

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Title:The Social Life of the Blackfoot Indians
Author:
Wissler, Clark   
(1 of 2 for author by title)
Some Protective Designs of the Dakota. Anthropological papers of the American Museum of Natural History, Volume 1, Part 2.
Published:   1911
Publisher:Order of the Trustees
Tags:anthropology, North American indigenous peoples, non-fiction, Siksika Indians, Siksika Indians—Social life and customs
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In this third paper on the ethnology of the Blackfoot Indians full recognition should again be given Mr. D. C. Duvall, with whose assistance the data were collected by the writer on a Museum expedition in 1906. Later, Mr. Duvall read the descriptive parts of the manuscript to well-informed Indians, recording their corrections and comments, the substance of which was incorporated in the final revision. Most of the data come from the Piegan division in Montana.

The systematic commercial bison hunting by white hunters in the 19th century nearly ended the bison herds and permanently changed Native American life on the Great Plains, since their main food was no longer abundant. Periods of starvation and deprivation followed, and the Blackfoot tribe was forced to adopt ranching and farming, settling in permanent reservations. In the 1870s, they signed treaties with both the United States and Canada, ceding most of their lands in exchange for annuities of food and medical aid. [Suggest a different description.]

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