The Tsuu T'ina People once were part of the larger Dene speaking peoples of the Northern Boreal Forests. Their closest linguistic relatives are the Beaver, Sekani and Chipewayan Nations. Some 600 or so years ago, the Tsuu T'ina separated from their northern kinsmen, gradually migrating southward into the mountains, foothills, parklands and plains of the Upper Saskatchewan, lands which are part of the traditional territories of the Siksika (Blackfoot), Kainaa (Blood) and Piikani (Peigan).
The Tsuu T'ina became closely associated and allied with the three tribes, whom , along with the Haanin (Atsina or Gros Ventre) became known as the Blackfoot Confederacy. The Tsuu T'ina hunted, trapped, camped, and travelled with the other tribes. The Tsuu Tina adopted a buffalo hunting way of life, acquiring many cultural traits and institutions from the three "Blackfoot" tribes, whom had been long resident in these lands.
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