A Sarcee Tsuu T’ina woman. First Nation reserve Tsuu T’ina Nation.

A Sarcee Tsuu T’ina woman in traditional dress.

The Tsuu T’ina inhabited in the 18th and 19th century, the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Plains in northeastern British Columbia and northwestern Alberta. They often accompanied their allies, the Blackfoot and Gros Ventre on their expeditions to the Yellowstone River into northern Montana in the United States.

They were the northern representatives of the Plains culture and among the tribes on the North Western Plains they were generally regarded as the bravest and most warlike. 

In ethnological reports, they are still referred to as Sarsi and in older sources as Sarcee, both can be derived from the Blackfoot language. Today they live as Tsuu T’ina First Nation reserve Tsuu T’ina Nation in 145, on the southwestern outskirts of Calgary.

Source: Living Races of Mankind. A popular illustrated account of the customs, habits, pursuits, feasts, and ceremonies of the races of mankind throughout the world by Henry Neville Hutchinson (1856-1927), John Walter Gregory and Richard Lydekke. Published by Hutchinson & Co. Paternoster Row, London 1902.


Note:  Necklace of Human Fingers. Cheyenne Medicine Man.

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