Honoring Our Ancestors Knowledge
Saokio Heritage is a community-based organization created by Blackfeet women, which serves to educate and advocate for the revitalization of Blackfeet (Amskapi Piikani) traditional knowledge in a modern context. Our mission is to “Honor Our Ancestors Knowledge” by breathing new life into our traditional knowledge and language.
The Blackfeet (Amskapi Piikani) once called themselves the Saokio-tapi or the prairie people. Saokio Heritage selected our name to celebrate our “prairie” heritage. (Saokio is pronounced like Tokyo.)
Ten Years of Community Action
Saokio Heritage was founded in 2008 in collaboration with Piegan Institute and the late Darrell Robes Kipp on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. In the past 10 years we have worked on various projects to revitalize Blackfeet traditional knowledge and language. We work closely with elders in our community. Under their guidance we share their traditional knowledge within Blackfeet territory through presentations and workshops and on social media we share with those who live outside of our traditional territory.
Our recent project on Traditional Foods and Food Sovereignty was conducted with generous support from the First Nations Development Institute.