Blackfoot Words is a database of lexical forms in Blackfoot (Algonquian). By “lexical forms” we mean inflected words, stems, and morphemes. These have been collected and digitized from many different written sources. We created the database and this website to provide access to a large amount of lexical data for the Blackfoot communities and for language researchers.

Version 1.1 of the database includes lexical forms from legacy language documentation materials, including grammars, dictionaries, and wordlists, from the years 1743-2017.

  • How-to: instructions on how to log in and view the database. (Note that you must email natalie.weber@yale.edu for a login.)
  • View: using a free, online smart spreadsheet.
  • Download: a mysqldump of the full database on Zenodo.
  • Sources: bibliographic information for all of the sources in the database, with links to all sources in the public domain.
  • Credits: Blackfoot Words was created by the Blackfoot Lab at Yale. The language and words belong to the Blackfoot Nations.

Land acknowledgement

The database is hosted on a Yale-affiliated server. Yale University acknowledges that indigenous peoples and nations, including Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Niantic, and the Quinnipiac and other Algonquian speaking peoples, have stewarded through generations the lands and waterways of what is now the state of Connecticut.  We honor and respect the enduring relationship that exists between these peoples and nations and this land.