Synopses & Reviews
Learn to communicate without words with these authentic signs! Learn over 525 signs developed by the Sioux, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and other tribes. Written instructions and diagrams show you how to make the words and construct sentences. Book also contains 290 pictographs (language in pictures) of the Sioux and Ojibway tribes.
Over 525 signs developed by Sioux and other tribes. Written instructions and diagrams. Also 290 pictographs.
Plains Indians from different tribes speaking different languages were nevertheless able to communicate facts and feelings of considerable complexity when they met. They used a language composed of gestures made almost entirely with the hands and fingers, probably the most highly developed gesture language to be found in any part of the world.
With this book, you will find it simple to use this language, which the author learned in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, principally from Sioux Indians in Wyoming. Drawings and short descriptions make clear the proper positions and motions of the hands to convey the meaning of over 870 alphabetically arranged common words hungry, camp, evening, angry, fire, laugh, owl, cat, many times, brave, cold, heart, rain, spotted, together, river, etc. The words are then used in sample sentences. There are also brief sections on the pictography and ideography of the Sioux and Ojibway tribes, and on smoke signals.
This is a book for anyone who wants to learn or teach Indian sign language scouts, school teachers, camp counselors, scout leaders, parents, linguists, and students of Indian culture. To help counselors and teachers, the last chapters give instructions on how to conduct the Indian ceremony for opening a council fire, an Indian initiation ceremony, and suggestions for sign language tests and exercises."
Table of Contents
Dictionary of the Indian Sign Language
One way to Tell Your Name and Where You Live Live
Indian Moons or Months
Sign Language Simplified
Two Hundred Signs in Most General Use
An Indian Blessing
Boy Scout Oath Expressed in Idiom
Examples of Sentence Formation
Location of East and West in Sign Language
Pictography and Ideography of the Sioux and Ojibway Tribes of North American Indians
A Pictographic Story for Our Young Friends
Pictographic Correspondence of Today
Co-Relating Sign Language and Pictography
History of Sign Language
General Use of Idioms
Sentences for Practice
Vitalizing a Sign Language Program to Fit a Boy Scout Troop Meeting Program
Suggested Troop Program
Indian Ceremony for Opening Council Fire
Some Sign Language Suggestions
Suggestions for Playlets
Indian Ceremonial Initiation for Boy Scouts
Sign Language Exercises Suitable for Passing Tests
A Word to Advanced Students