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Blackfoot(i) [Siksika]locked

  • J. Richard Haefer

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Native Americans of a northern Plains culture, now primarily in Montana and southern Canada; they are distributed among three groups distinguished in name as the Piegan , Blood (Kainah), and Northern blackfoot . The amount of music and the association of musical performances with other activities in Blackfoot culture indicate that music fulfills a generalized role (although perhaps less now than in the late 19th century). Songs, both religious and secular, are symbols of real events and do not exist for their own sake; the main function of song is to serve as an authenticating device for ceremonial acts and as a statement of tribal identity....

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