M.A. Theses: Garry H. Pyne, 1970

The Pre-Reserve Blackfoot: Cultural Persistence and Change

(from introduction)

Because of their prolonged isolation from whites the Blackfoot are less extensively documented than many of the other Plains people, but of the first-hand evidence available, a good part is of excellent quality, so that together with linguistic and archaeological data, a reasonably accurate reconstruction of Blackfoot life for some time previous to reserve confinement is possible. With allusion to this material as well as to recent anthropological studies, it may be possible to illustrate in the case of the Blackfoot the contention that equestrian Plains cultures were not entirely adaptive modifications of antecedent pedestrian cultures, but true emergents. With especial emphasis on political systems and warfare it is toward that end that this paper is focused.