In Siksikaitsitapi: Stories of the Blackfoot People, seven authors share their stories that come from both from legend and from their personal experiences, with many of the stories in both Blackfoot and English languages. The book is illustrated with beautiful full-colour pictures and photos which help convey these stories from Blackfoot traditional and contemporary traditions and cultures.The Blackfoot Confederacy is made up of the Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, and Amskapi Piikuni Nations of Southern Alberta and Montana.
Payne Many Guns' story captures the ways the Blackfoot People live in harmony with the land, animals, and stars in their traditional lands.
Crystal Many Fingers tells a delightful, modern story about animals, their gifts, and why they were put on Earth.
Sheena Potts' story beautifully illustrates the many ways love is alive in Blackfoot traditions and culture.
Tim Fox tells a humerous story about mice who are having a celebration that the raven Napi and a group of dogs want to join.
Marlene Yellow Horn shares her personal story of the teachings she learned as a child about the Elders' traditional and sacred knowledge.
DerRic Starlight tells the tale of Morning Star's diverse and loving family life.
Foreword is by Alayna Many Guns.
About the first of seven authors
PAYNE MANY GUNS
My name is Payne Many Guns. My traditional name is Iikootsomin which means “Red Wing.” It is my great-greatgrandfather’s name that I am honoured to have. I am a member of the Siksika Nation which is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. I come from a long line of chiefs and signatories of Treaty 7. I am also the founder and owner of Niitsitapi Co. which is an Indigenous clothing brand. I am very passionate about my language and culture because of the knowledge, pride, strength, and resiliency it gives me.
“Children everywhere can learn through Blackfoot storytelling.” — Beverly Hungry Wolf, author of The Ways of My Grandmothers