Originally located in Canada, the Blackfoot moved some time before the seventeenth century into the western regions of what is now the continental United States, settling in the Montana area. The Blackfoot constitute an alliance of three Algonquian tribes-- the Sisikas (who have retained the Blackfoot name), the Bloods, and the Piegans. Although farther west than most Plains tribes, the Blackfoot tribes of early America lived in tipis and hunted buffalo. The "Seven Stars" narrative, like many Native American texts, conveys both the image of a strong and defiant young woman and the story of how natural phenomena came into existence.
Bibliography: Wissler and Duvall.
Once there was a young woman with many suitors, but she refused to marry. She had seven brothers and one little sister. Their mother had been dead many years and they had no relatives, but lived alone with their father. Every day the six brothers went out hunting with their father. It seems that the young woman had a bear for her lover, and, as she did not want anyone to know this, she would meet him when she went out after wood. She always went out for wood as soon as her father and brothers went out to hunt, leaving her little sister alone in the lodge. As soon as she was out of sight in the brush, she would run to where the bear lived.
As the little sister grew older, she began to be curious as to why her older sister spent so much time getting wood. So one day she followed her. She saw the young woman meet the bear and saw that they were lovers. When she found this out, she ran home as quickly as she could, and when her father returned, she told him what she had seen. When he heard the story, he said, "So, my elder daughter has a bear for a husband. Now I know why she does not want to marry." Then he went about the camp, telling all his people that