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1 Sara Di Diego = "Most Blackfoot songs were sung without words.Work Cited:http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/pla/ont/ont43.htm"
2 Jeff Smith = "When raising the pole during the sun dance, singers make motions with their arms to symbolize the flapping of wings of the eagle or other mythical birds. Some informants regard this also as a receiving sign, or symbolizing a bird of prey on the hunt. In most singing it is the custom for the leader to make gestures or signs expressing some of the ideas in the songs. Source: Social Organization and Ritualistic Ceremonies of the Blackfoot Indians by Clark Wissler"