This collection of Blackfeet legends and stories was written by George Bird Grinnell, one of the foremost Indian scholars of the day, and an early naturalist. It includes nature and creation legends and hero tales, as well as humorous stories. The final chapter provides much information about Blackfeet life and culture.
To the Reader
Those who wish to know something about how the people lived who told these stories will find their ways of life described in the last chapter of this book.
The Blackfeet were hunters, travelling from place to place on foot. They used implements of stone, wood, or bone, wore clothing made of skins, and lived in tents covered by hides. Dogs, their only tame animals, were used as beasts of burden to carry small packs and drag light loads.
The stories here told come down to his from very ancient times. Grandfathers have told them to their grandchildren, and these again to their grandchildren, and so from mouth to mouth, through many generations, they have reached our time.