Definition of Kutenai in US English:

Kutenai

(also Kutenay)

noun

  • 1A member of a North American people of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, Idaho, and Montana.

    • ‘The Kutenai were located on Kootenay River and Lake and extended into the United States, occupying the northern parts of Montana and Idaho.’
    • ‘The mythology and folklore of the Kutenai consist chiefly of cosmic and ethnic myths, animal tales, etc.’
    • ‘These favorable conditions lured, in Binnema's words, ‘migrants from every direction’ including the Black Feet, Gros Ventre, and Kutenai.’
  • 2The language of the Kutenai, of unknown affinity.

    • ‘Obviation is found in some American Indian languages including Algonquian (such as Blackfoot, Cree, and Fox), Apachean (such as Navajo), Eskimo, Keresan, and Kutenai.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Kutenai or their language.

    • ‘Once the Kutenai men caught the fish, the children helped carry the fish from the canoes to the women who would clean and smoke or dry the fish.’
    • ‘The creative instinct of the Kutenai women found expression chiefly in cedar-root basketry.’
    • ‘The Kutenai tribe can be found in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and as far north as British Columbia, and Alberta.’

Origin

From Blackfoot Kotonáai-.

Pronunciation

Kutenai

/ˈko͞otnˌā/