Origin Myths

The spiritual beliefs of the Siksika rested upon the traditional knowledge of the spiritual leaders and ceremonialists. In the Blackfoot world view the explanation for the origin and function of the universe, as well as for man and his relationship with his environment, can to be found in stories or myths of the distant past.

The Blackfoot embraced his relationship with all beings, and the cosmic world through ritual and song. The grandfathers welcomed the sunrise through the sacred smudge of sweet grass and asked for guidance and good fortune during the Sun’s journey over the tall grasses of Blackfoot land. When evening came the smudge was again lit and in humbleness the grandfathers gave thanks to Creator for his generosity.

Myth Note: First Nations mythology varies from tribe to tribe. These myths contain great gods, tricksters, heroes, and other mythical beings. The creator gods and heroes usually establish or restore order. Characters such as tricksters and animals can have either positive or negative qualities. Sometimes they are helpful and entertaining; at other times, they are unpredictable, deceptive, or violent. Mythic figures do not always fall into the same category. A trickster may act as a culture hero, a culture hero may be an animal, an animal may be a creator figure, and a creator may have a capacity for destruction.

Ksahkomi-tapiksi- Earth Beings


Naato yita piiksi- Spirit Beings


Soyii-tapiksi-Water Beings


Spomi-tap-ksi- Above/Sky Beings


Papai-tapiksi- Dream Beings

Bring us messages to direct our lives.

Matapi- Other Beings





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