OUT OF PRINT The Blackfeet by Raymond Bial is part of the Lifeways series published by Benchmark Books. This title discusses the culture and history of the Blackfeet (Siksika) Nation. This Plains confederacy included three individual First Nations: the Blood or Kainai, Piegan (Peigan), and Blackfoot (Siksika). Their traditional homeland extended from Alberta to Montana. The book opens with a brief version of the Blackfeet creation story that features Napi. The remainder of the chapter describes the geography of their Plains homeland. The second chapter covers Blackfeet village and camp life, dwellings known as tipis, and the significance of the horse to these Plains people. Chapter three discusses the Blackfeet cycle of life, warfare, roles of men and women, hunting and gathering, clothing and jewelry, and handicrafts. The author includes a recipe for buffalo pot roast that has been adapted for modern kitchens. The next chapter explains Blackfeet spiritual traditions that include their traditional beliefs, the importance of the land, medicine bundles, the Sun Dance, and healing. A traditional story called The Dog and the Root Digger is also included. The devastating impact of the US military on the Blackfeet traditional way of life, the treaties, and loss of the buffalo converge to create loss of land and eventual settlement on small reservations and reserves for the people. Some Blackfeet known as Siksika live in Alberta while others reside in Montana as a result of treaties and land loss. Despite these traumatic events of the late 1800s, the Blackfeet continue to survive and work to maintain their cultural traditions. The author includes a brief discussion of the Blackfeet language that includes a short vocabulary of terms. The final chapter discusses some of the challenges to modern Blackfeet communities in the United States. Each title in the Lifeways series includes a time line, notable people, a glossary, web sites, suggestions for further reading, and an index. In the notable people section the author discusses the contributions of historical and contemporary Blackfeet individuals including Douglas Cardinal, Crowfoot, James Gladstone, Beverly Hungry Wolf, Mountain Chief, Natawista, Earl Old Person, Running Eagle, and James Welch. Throughout the text the author makes effective use of colour and archival photographs. A minor problem occurs with the misidentification of images. Despite these flaws this book is a good resource for students doing projects about the Blackfeet Confederacy.