In 1876 and 1877, Captain W. P. Clark commanded a detachment of Indian scoutsaincluding Pawnees, Shoshones, Arapahoes, Cheyennes, Crows, and Siouxawho 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 qto think like the Indians, q 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.The main or distinguishing features of the Kiowa moccasin are the elaborate beadwork, generally covering the entire front part, ... The Apache moccasin is in all respects the same as the Kiowa. ... The Blackfeet make their moccasins with anklets and long tongue, the anklets being frequently of colored cloth, and sometimesanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Indian Sign Language|
|Author||:||William Philo Clark|
|Publisher||:||U of Nebraska Press - 1885|