Life is not independent from death—it only appears that way.
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Crowfoot (1836-1890) warrior and peace-promoting head chief
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
The Blackfoot were a nomadic buffalo-hunting society that lived in Alberta and Montana. They were known as a strong military power that dominated both neighboring tribes and white settlers for many years.
When buffalo herds were scarce in the late 1800s, many Blackfoot died of starvation, and the community turned to farming. Today, there are about 15,000 Blackfoot, most of who still live in Montana and Alberta.