A contemporary winter count

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Scott, Kerry M.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Native American Studies, 2006
The past is the prologue. We must understand where we have been before we can understand where we are going. To understand the Blackfoot Nation and how we have come to where we are today, this thesis examines our history through Indian eyes from time immemorial to the present, using traditional narratives, writings of early European explorers and personal experience. The oral tradition of the First Nations people was a multi-media means of communication. Similarly, this thesis uses the media of the written word and a series of paintings to convey the story of the Blackfoot people. This thesis provides background and support, from the artist’s perspective, for the paintings that tell the story of the Blackfoot people and the events that contributed to the downfall of the once-powerful Nation. With the knowledge of where we have been, we can learn how to move forward.
x, 153 leaves : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Siksika -- Prairie Provinces -- History , Siksika -- Montana -- History , Winter counts , Oral tradition , Indigenous calendar -- North America , Siksika -- Colonization , Siksika -- Cultural assimilation , Siksika -- Ethnic identity , Siksika -- Foreign influences , Indigenous peoples, Treatment of -- North America , Indigenous peoples -- Foreign influences , Dissertations, Academic