Blackfeet, Or Satsika, the most westerly tribe of the Algonquin family of American Indians, with a dialect which differs greatly from others of the family. They were originally on the Saskatchewan; but from intestine dissensions the Satsika or Blackfeet proper separated from the Kena or Blood Indians, and retired to the Missouri, where the name Blackfeet was given to them by the Crows. A chief named Piegan or the Pheasant caused a second division, making three bands which continue to this day. They extend from the waters of Hudson bay to the Missouri and Yellowstone. They have always been great warriors, and, having early obtained horses, maintain their stock by robbery. They do not bury their dead. The warrior is left in his cabin in full array, and horses are killed at
Blackcock (Tetrao tetrix).
: the door for his use. Their worship of Natous or the sun is clearly marked. Those in the United States are in Montana, and were esti-mated by the Indian bureau in 1870 at 7,500. Canadian authorities estimate those within the British lines at 6,000; but as they are constantly moving, a large number are reckoned by both. They have been constantly at war, carrying their predatory incursions into Ore-gon, but are now diminishing through intem-perance, and becoming less formidable.