Blackfeet tribes. Chief of the Blood Indians. War chief of the Piekann.

War, chief, Blackfeet, Blood, Indian, Piekann, Koutani, Karl Bodmer
Chief of the Blood Indians. War chief of the Piekann, Koutani Indian.

Blackfeet tribes.

Chief of the Blood Indian. War chief of the Piekann Indians. Koutani Indian.

“The Blackfeet form a numerous nation which is divided into three tribes speaking one and the same language. These tribes are: 1. The Siksekai or Seksekai the Blackfeet properly so called 2. The Kahna or Kaenna the Blood Indians . 3. The Piekanns.”

The Kainai or Kaenna (Kaina – “People of many chiefs”, ie “the proud”, English pronunciation:. “G-ai-nah”) or Káínawa (Akáínaa – “Many chiefs”, derived from aká – “many” and nínaa- “chieftain”) are one of the three First Nations of Nitsitapii (Blackfoot) in the south of the Canadian province of Alberta. The enemy Plains Cree said they were Miko-Ew (“the bloody, which stained with blood”, ie “the bloodthirsty, cruel”), European traders and settlers took over the name and therefore called it mostly as a Blood or Blood Tribe.

Source: Maximilian, Prince of Wied’s Travels in the Interior of North America, during the years 1832–1834″ by Prince Maximilian of Wied. Illustrator: Karl Bodmer. Engraver: Martens. Published by Ackermann & Cie, 96 Strand, 1st March 1841


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