from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Native American people inhabiting parts of southeast British Columbia, northeast Washington, and northern Idaho.
- n. A member of this people.
- n. The language of the Kutenai, of no known linguistic affiliation.
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- proper n. An indigenous people of North America.
- proper n. The language isolate spoken by this people.
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Kutenai, accepted almost at once the new faith, in which they have remained steadfast and exemplary ever since.
Father Léon Fouquet, the first of the Oblates to enter the Kutenai field.
Our principal authorities on the Kutenai are: Chamberlain, De Smet, and the official reports.
Kutenai have held their own well, thanks to their innate manliness and to the strict observance of the precepts inculcated by their religious teachers.
Although known to the Hudson Bay traders and other adventurers as early, perhaps, as 1780, the Kutenai remained practically unchanged until the advent of the Jesuits under Father Peter De Smet, about
Kutenai lived in small skin or mat-covered tipis, of which the universal sweat lodge (see Indians) was always an important adjunct.
Physically the Kutenai rank as the tallest and best built Indians of
Flatheads and part of the Kutenai in a treaty with the government by which they were settled on the Flathead reservation in Montana, where some of the Lower band joined them in 1887.
This still exists in successful operation, practically all the confederated Indians of the reservation-Flathead, Pend d'Oreille, Kutenai, and Spokan-having been consistent Catholics for half a century.
Father De Smet described as he had seen it among the Kutenai in 1845, as also a solemn consecration of the first, wild berries.