January 7, 2016

MONTANA : Apikuni Falls - Glacier National Park

Apikuni Creek falls down Apikuni Falls in Glacier National Park

Apikuni Falls (Montana)

The trail to Apikuni Falls is only 1 mile (1.6 KM) each way with an elevation gain of 710 ft (216 m). The word ‘Apikuni' (Appekunny) means 'Far Off White Robe' in the Peigan Blackfeet language.

The name of the falls is derived from the Indian name given to James Willard Schultz, a noted author, explorer, guide, fur trader and historian of the Blackfoot Indians. "Apikuni" in the Blackfoot language means Far Off White Robe, Spotted Robe, or Far-Away Robe, depending on the translation. Schultz was given the name while living with the Pikuni tribe during the early 1880s.

the Blackfeet Reservation
The Piegan (Blackfoot: Piikáni) are an Algonquian people from the North American Great Plains. They were the largest of three Blackfoot-speaking groups that made up the Blackfoot Confederacy; the Siksika and the Kainai were the others. The Piegan dominated much of the northern plains during the nineteenth century.

After their homelands were divided by the nations of Canada and the United States of America making boundaries between them, the Piegan people were forced to sign treaties with one of those two countries, settle in reservations on one side or the other of the border, and be enrolled in one of two government-like bodies sanctioned by North American nation-states. These two successor groups are the Blackfeet Nation a "federally-recognized tribe" in Montana, USA and the Piikani Nation, a recognized "Indian band" in Alberta, Canada.

Today many Piegan live on the Blackfeet Reservation in northwestern Montana, with tribal headquarters in Browning. There were 32,234 Blackfeet counted by the 1990 US census. In 2010 the US Census reported 105,304 persons identified as Blackfeet ("alone" or "in combination" with one or more races and/or tribes.)

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