Kutenai culture combined elements from the plains and the plateau tribes. Like the plains Indians they rode horses and lived in teepees. They engaged in communal fishing like the plateau tribes. Their leadership structure was informal, with a council of elders. They took captive women and children from other tribes; eventually there was intermarriage. Today First Nation tribes are often blended by region.
The Kutenai lived in Canada’s British Colombia province and the American states of Montana and Idaho.
The Kutenai never signed a peace treaty with the US. In 1974 they “declared war” on the US government, which meant they blocked Highway 95 and charged a toll for motorists. Eventually there was an agreement, and there was no bloodshed.
Like other First Nations people, the Kutenai have either assimilated into the dominant culture or they have struggled to have their needs met. Those who have assimilated often own businesses like golf courses, resorts, housing developments and casinos. Others work in land management or in fire prevention. At home, they try to maintain their traditional culture.
Traditionally the Kutenai were animistic, and they worshipped the sun. They also had shamans. Today most are officially Christian.
The Kutenai need opportunities to make a good living in the 21st century. They need good schools and educational opportunities.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead Kutenai elders to seek and find Jesus Christ.
Pray for them to put all their faith in the one who came to give life to the full.
Pray for Kutenai disciples to make more disciples.
Scripture Prayers for the Kutenai in Canada.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project
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|4 (per PeopleGroups.org)
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|Location in Country
|British Columbia province: Columbia Lake, Lower Kootenay, Saint Mary’s, Tobacco Plains. Source: Ethnologue 2016