Culture Introduction

In the English language, the word "culture" has different meanings.

For the Ĩyãħé Nakoda, culture is best described as a "way of life". It is the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, behaviours, and practices that distinctly identifies the Ĩyãħé Nakoda.

The Ĩyãħé Nakoda language is a fundamental cornerstone of Ĩyãħé Nakoda identity.

In this modern age, while simultaneously integrating with Canadian and international cultures, the Ĩyãħé Nakoda have maintained the integrity of their culture through language, traditional activities, and spirituality.

Although many Indigenous groups do share cultural attributes and often a common history, each group has particular characteristics that differentiate one from another.

An introduction to the way of life of the Ĩyãħé Nakoda is presented in this segment.

It is important to be aware that certain aspects of the Ĩyãħé Nakoda culture, that are orally passed on in a traditional manner from generation to generation, cannot be publicly shared.


Over time, content in the various sections of this Culture segment will continue to be expanded.

All words in the Ĩyãħé Nakoda language that are written on this page are included in the Language menu segment for you to hear how they are correctly pronounced.