June is National Indigenous History Month and we are excited to share some local indigenous history with you to celebrate.
- Watch this Treaty 7 Land Acknowledgement video to learn more about the traditional custom of indigenous people welcoming outsider to their land and homes
- Explore Blackfoot culture in southern Alberta through this video about one of the most legendary tribes of the North American plains
- Enjoy LRSD First Nations, Metis, Inuit Success Coordinator Sandra Lamouche's TEDxULeth presentation, "The Beautiful Struggle of Life and Other Hoop Dance Teachings"
Have fun learning southern Alberta Blackfoot place names:
- The Livingstone Mountain range is known as Pani'kahtaayiikstakiksi (tipi liners) in Blackfoot because they are shaped like the liners or curtains inside of a tipi.
- Claresholm- Asoyinnaapiooyis (pronounced- Aa soy inn naa pew yes)- Barrel House, named for the water tower which held water for steam engines.
- Pincher Creek- Spitsii (pronounced- Spee tsee) meaning tall trees.
- Fort Macleod- Aakaapoiyis, pronounced Aa Gaa Pew Yes, translate to many houses.
- Old Man River- Naapihtaa, pronounced Naa Beh Daa, named after the traditional site where the headwaters originated from, Napi's Playground, Napi, is the old man.
- Okotoks- 'Okatok' is the Blackfoot word for rock, the story Napi and the Rock tells the story of how the rock erratic came to be.
- Ponoka- Means 'Elk' in Blackfoot, the name derives from a traditional story about elk.
- Calgary- Mohkinstsis- translates as elbow in Blackfoot because of the shape of the river, this is where Elbow River got its name.
Check out these videos featuring Blackfoot musicians, authors, artists:
- Book reading of author Latasha Calf Robe's 'My Braids'- https://www.youtube.
- John Pepion, Blackfeet Artist- https://www.youtube.
- Blackfoot (Kainai) musician Olivia Tailfeathers- https://www.
- Cowboy Smithx, Filmaker (Piikani) and Matthew Halton High School alum- https://www.youtube.com/
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