Definition of Piegan in English:

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Piegan

Pronunciation: /pēˈɡan/
(also Peigan)

noun (plural same or Piegans)

A member of a North American Indian people of the Blackfoot confederacy.
Example sentences
  • White Calf, one of the leaders of the southern Piegans, remembered the Blackfeet wandering around, not knowing where they were going or where they were.
  • The Blackfoot Nation is actually a confederation of several distinct tribes, including the South Piegan, the Blood, the North Piegan, and the North Blackfoot.
  • En route to join to rest of the expedition, they had their first and only encounter with Blackfeet, in which two Piegans were killed.

adjective

Relating to the Piegan.
Example sentences
  • On January 23, 1870, Baker attacked a friendly Piegan village, one riddled with smallpox, killing some 173 Piegans, mostly the old and sick, women and children.
  • In 1855, the Blackfoot signed their first treaty, known as Lame Bull's Treaty, after the powerful Piegan chief who signed it.
  • There is no evidence they ever visited the Blood or Piegan reserves, which are located west of Lethbridge and more than one hundred miles south of Calgary.

Origin

Via Cree, from Blackfoot piikáni 'Piegan band'.

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