Darrell Kipp

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Darrell R. Kipp
Robert Kapilow and Darrell Kipp.jpg
Darrell Kipp (right) and composer Robert Kapilow (left).
Tribe Blackfoot tribe author, historian, and educator
Born (1944-10-23)October 23, 1944
Browning, Montana
Died November 21, 2013(2013-11-21) (aged 69)
Browning, Montana
Native name Blackfoot: Apiniokio Peta ("Morning Eagle")
Known for Revitalizing the Blackfoot language
Education Eastern Montana College, Ed.M, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1975, MFA, Vermont College
Spouse(s) Roberta Ray Kipp
Children Darren Kipp
Parents Tom and Nora Kipp

Darrell Robes Kipp (23 October 1944 - 21 November 2013) was a Native American educator, documentary filmmaker and historian.[1] A member of the Blackfoot tribe, he was instrumental in teaching and preserving the Blackfoot language as the Director of the Piegan Institute.[2][3]


Darrell Kipp was born in Browning, Montana, and graduated from Browning High School in 1962. He served as a Sergeant in B Company, 51st Signal Battalion US Army in Korea, along the Korean DMZ during the [Vietnam War Era|Vietnam]]. He attended Eastern Montana College, and held two master's degrees, an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1975 and a MFA from Vermont College.

Darrell Kipp developed two immersion schools on the Blackfeet reservation teaching the Blackfoot language, Moccasin Flat School and Cuts Wood School. He served on the Board of the Endangered Language Fund,[4] and "inspired and encouraged many tribal communities to follow his lead to begin their own language immersion schools."[5]

He served as a board member of Siyeh Development, the economic development organization of the Blackfoot tribe, and spent seventeen years as appellate judge on the tribal court.[6][7]

In 2004 he joined composer Robert Kapilow to create a large-scale choral and orchestra work for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. The work, entitled Summer Sun, Winter Moon, was commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony and the Louisiana Symphony, and was based on Kipp's libretto.[8] It premiered in September 2004. A documentary of the event, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, was made and aired on public television.[9][10]

Kipp wrote the introduction to the second edition of book Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians (compiled and translated by Clark Wissler and D. C. Duvall), published by Bison Books in 2008.[11]

He received the Montana Governor's Humanities Award in 2005.[5] He received the Trustee Award for Contributions to Montana History from the Montana Historical Society in 2006.[4]


"What are you waiting for? Don’t ask permission to save your language. Just do it."[1]

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  1. ^ a b Thompson, Scott; Briana Wipf (2013-11-25). "Blackfeet language preservation advocate Darrell Kipp dies". Missoulian. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  2. ^ Darrell Kipp: Among the Tribes - Idaho Public Television - Home
  3. ^ Kipp, Darrell, Joe Fisher (Director) (1991). Transitions: Destruction of a Mother Tongue. Native Voices Public Television Workshop. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  4. ^ a b "Darrell Kipp: The Endangered Language". ZoomInfo.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  5. ^ a b "Darrell Kipp (1944-2013) Obituary". Great Falls Tribune. 0201-11-24. Retrieved 2014-04-09.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Nijhuis, Michelle (2002-06-11). "Tribal immersion schools rescue language and culture". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  7. ^ Ogden, Karen (2008). "Kipp's Trip: Why one Blackfoot Indian left the reservation, did tours in the Vietnam War and at Harvard, then moved back home to save his tribe’s dying language". Ed Magazine: Harvard Graduate School of Education. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  8. ^ Perez, Hugo (2009-10-30). "Filmmaker Hugo Perez Recounts Unlikely Collaboration". Beyond the Box. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  9. ^ "NEA ARTS: The NEA Supports The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial". National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  10. ^ "Summer Sun Winter Moon". PBS Programs. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  11. ^ Wissler, Clark (2007). Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians. Sources of American Indian oral literature (2nd ed ed.). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 9780803260238. 

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