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In 1876 and 1877, Captain W. P. Clark commanded a detachment of Indian scoutsand#8212;including Pawnees, Shoshones, Arapahoes, Cheyennes, Crows, and Siouxand#8212;who conversed in sign language. They made requests, relayed information, and told stories with their hands, communicating in a language indispensable for quick understanding between Indians of different tribes. The scouts patiently taught Clark the sign system, which he patiently recorded in this book.

Originally written in 1884 for use by the United States Army, The Indian Sign Language is far more than a grammar book or curiosity. Clark worked closely with the Indians who taught him the language, and his respect for them and their way of thinking informs every page. Written for future officers in Indian regions, The Indian Sign Language corrects the sentimental and brutal stereotypes of Indians that led to much misunderstanding.

Clark believed that sign language could assist him "to think like the Indians," which he considered essential for a conscientious officer. His book discusses reliably and soberly the facts of plains Indian life as he encountered them in the 1870s and 1880s. Now a classic, The Indian Sign Language is a monument to the desire for understanding between radically different peoples.

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In 1876 and 1877, Captain W.P. Clark commanded a detachment of Indian scouts--including Pawnees, Shoshones, Arapahoes, Cheyennes, Crows, and Sioux--who conversed in sign language. The scouts patiently taught Clark the sign system, which he patiently recorded in this book. This book corrects the sentimental and brutal stereotypes of Indians that led to much misunderstanding.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803263093
Author:
Clark, W. P.
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Author:
Clark, W. P.
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Sign Language
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Communications
Subject:
Great plains
Subject:
Indian sign language
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Great Plains.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Foreign Languages-American Sign Language
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 81-8.
Publication Date:
19820431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Map
Pages:
443
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 1.05 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In 1876 and 1877, Captain W.P. Clark commanded a detachment of Indian scouts--including Pawnees, Shoshones, Arapahoes, Cheyennes, Crows, and Sioux--who conversed in sign language. The scouts patiently taught Clark the sign system, which he patiently recorded in this book. This book corrects the sentimental and brutal stereotypes of Indians that led to much misunderstanding.
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