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Love Thy Neighbour: Repatriating Precarious Blackfoot Sites

Authors: Cynthia M. Chambers & Narcisse J. Blood

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Aakíípisskan – Women’s Buffalo Jump, Cayley, Alberta

áakssissawáato’op – visiting a place

Aamsskáápipikáni – South Peigan or Blackfeet (Montana)

Aapátohsipikáni – North Peigan (Alberta)

Aapátohsoo omáhkataan – North Saskatchewan River (“big north river”)

Áísínai’pi – Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park (“it is pictured”)

Akáíí’nisskoo – Many Dead

Asinaa – Cree

Atsíína – Gros Ventre

Awai’skimmii’ko – Cypress Hills

ii’noiyis – death lodge

iinísskimm – buffalo stone

Iisskstaáí’tahtaan – St. Mary’s River

Issapó – Crow

isskskáakssin – the border between Canada and the United States of America

IIhstsipáítapiiyo’pa – the Source

kaaáhsinnoon – a person with ceremonial rights that have been transferred to them according to Blackfoot protocol (“spiritual grandparent”)

kaaáhsinnooniksi – persons with ceremonial rights that have been transferred to them according to Blackfoot protocol (“spiritual grandparents”)

Káínaa – Blood tribe (“many leaders”); also called Akáínaa

Kai'spa – Lakota and Dakota (“parted-hair”)

Katoyís – Blood Clot, a hero who rid the land of harmful beings

kiipátapiiwahssinoon – our way of life

kitáóowahsinnoon – that which sustains or nourishes us (see endnote iv)

ksahkomitapiksi – earth beings (plants, rocks, and animals)

Mistákistsi – Rocky Mountains (“backbone of the world”)

Náápi – creator and trickster (“Old Man”)

Náápi Otsíí’tahtaan – Oldman River

náápiikoaiksi – settlers and immigrants of European descent (“white people”)

niitsítapiiksi – historically, always meant Blackfoot people specifically; however, in contemporary times, it is also a generic term for aboriginal people when tribal identity is unknown or ambiguous (“human beings in human form”)

nináímskaahkóyinnimaanistsi – medicine-pipe bundles

nitáówahsinnaan – Blackfoot territory (Grammatically this form is first person plural exclusive, that is the speaker is excluding the addressee).

Ómahkskispatsiko – Sand Hills

Óóhkotok – Náápi’s rock

Papáítapiksi – dream beings

Piikáni – North Peigan

Ponokáásisahtaan –Yellowstone River or Red Deer River (“elk river”)

Siksiká – Blackfoot (from Siksika First Nation)

Siksikáítapiiksi – Blackfoot Confederacy

soyíítapiksi – under-water beings (water birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, and reptiles)

spomitapííksi – above beings (spiritual beings, celestial bodies, and birds)

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