Stoney Nakoda Territory:
Central Alberta. The Stoney Nakoda have 3 divisions: Bearpaw,
Chiniki, and Wesley.
I O U X ONEOTA
Stoney Nakoda Population
Canada (2020) - 5,700
#1. Speakers of the Wood Stoney
language indicate that it is much closer to the Assiniboine language
than is Stoney Nakoda.
#2. It is thought that the
Wood Stoney migrated into their territory via a "northern"
route, whereas, the Stony Nakoda are thought to have migrated
into their territory via a "southern" route.
#3. It should be noted that
"Stoney" is the Cree word for the Assiniboine and they
used it because they observed the Assiniboine cooking with the
use of stones. This suggests that the Stoney Nakoda origin is
within range of the Cree. Thence Saskatchewan, not Montana
#4. With the depletion of
the buffalo in the 1870's, the Stoney Nakoda are thought to have
moved from the praires permanently into the Rocky Mountains to
subsist on big game. Note however, as the John Bartholomew 1860
map shows, the Stoney Nakoda were spending time in the region
prior to the big move.