Blackfoot Translator & Interpreter

Professional Document Translation Services by Cal Interpreting & Translations

Blackfoot interpreters and translators

Cal Interpreting & Translations (CIT) offers Blackfoot interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.

Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Blackfoot language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Blackfoot language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Blackfoot language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Blackfoot language, as well as of the culture and history of the Blackfoot people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

The Blackfoot Language

Blackfoot, also known as Siksika, is one of the Algonquin languages that is spoken in southern Alberta, Canada and northern Montana. Typically, it has free word order but has complex verb morphology. There are two main dialects: Pikanii and Siksika. Within Blackfoot, there is Old Blackfoot which is being spoken by the older population, and New Blackfoot, which is being taught to children and taking the place of Old Blackfoot.

The Blackfoot Nation can be broken up into four separate nations. They all have historical and cultural similarities but their leadership differs. These nations are the Siksika, the Kainai (Blood Nation), the Pikanii (Peigan Nation) and the Blackfeet Nation. The first three are typically found in Alberta while the last is found in Montana. Historically, the Blackfoot were plain hunters and the enemies of the Shoshone and Nez Perce people. Collectively, there are 14,000 Blackfoot members today but only about 3,400 native speakers of the language. English speakers came up with the term Blackfoot (or Blackfeet for plural) for people of these four nations, as they all speak the same language. Other names for the Blackfoot Nation include Siksikawa, Pekuni, Pincaneux, Piekann, Kainah, Pied Noir, Many Chiefs, Pan-pans, Archithinue, Akainawa and Akainaa. Those who live in Canada are referred to as Aapatohsipikani (or Northern Peigan )while those living in Montana are known as Aamsskaapipikani (or Southern Peigan). Additionally, all Blackfoot Nation members can sometimes be referred to as Niitsitapi, which means “original person.”

History of the Blackfoot

The Blackfoot were very powerful people who hunted buffalo primarily in the northern plains. Even though they were nomads, most of the time they settled in Montana, Idaho and Alberta. Initially, the Blackfoot people were fine with the Europeans when they arrived to their lands. The Europeans typically brought horses that were non-threatening to the buffalo of the Blackfoot. However, in the mid-1800s, a smallpox epidemic swarmed through the Blackfoot. There is some evidence that suggests that the Europeans spread it to the Blackfoot by giving them an infected blanket. In 1870, while the American Army was looking for a hostile group of Mountain Chief’s Blackfoot Indians, they came across a peaceful group of Heavy Runner’s Blackfoot and killed almost 200 members, mostly women and children. By the year 1900, the white settlers had whipped out the buffalo herds of the Blackfoot, where many starved to death. Even with the many trials and tribulations of the Blackfoot, their language still prevails.

Grammar and writing of Blackfoot

Grammatically, Blackfoot is spoken in four persons: first, second, third and obviative. All nouns are either animate or inanimate. The verbal template consists of a stem and several prefixes or suffixes. The script in which Blackfoot is written, syllabics, was created by an Anglican missionary, John William Tims, in 1888. It is almost identical to Western Cree syllabics, but the letterforms are different. There are five series in the script, two of which were taken from Cree.

Interesting Facts about the Blackfoot

  • Their main god is the sun
  • They hold an annual 4-day sun dance
  • Blackfeet always build their teepees with the entrance facing east

WHY WAIT?
CONTACT US.

Single Documents Accepted
No Minimum Project Size
No Extra Fee For Certified
Open 24/7
24 hour

WHY WAIT?
CONTACT US.

Single Documents Accepted
No Minimum Project Size
No Extra Fee For Certified
Open 24/7
24 hour
CIT IN SOCIAL MEDIA
To Our California Interpreting Clients: CIT Employees Certified CAL. EVID. CODE § 754 Translators

There are approximately 10,000,000 (ten million) people who have hearing loss in the United States, and it’s estimated that about 1,000,000 (one million) of them are considered functionally deaf. As a result, The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act requires businesses to accommodate these disabilities by making reasonable accommodations for normal day-to-day communication needs such as providing sign language or captioning during remote video meetings so those participating can communicate more easily.

The ability to reserve a certified sign-language interpreter is of paramount importance. Our professional courteous and experienced interpreters are the logical choices in facilitating communications between the hearing enabled, people who are deaf or hard-of hear, they can also help those that have limited speech due to medical conditions like paralysis caused by stroke
or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

Cal Interpreting & Translations
Local Offices

12304 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Cal Interpreting & Translations
Corporate Offices

2501 W. Burbank Blvd. Ste. 311
Burbank, CA 91505

Scroll to Top CALL NOW