Native American signs from 1954


"While it is natural for all people to use signs to convey meaning, the use of signs will be most frequent where it is a common thing for several people speaking different languages to come into contact. 
While all American Indians use some gestures, the Plains Indians, who were constantly meeting other tribes, necessarily made much use of them. In fact, a remarkable sign language had grown up among them, whereby Sioux, Crows, Assinaboines, Pani, Arapahoes, Cheyennes, Kiowas, could readily converse upon any subject.

It is not probable that the sign language was invented by any one tribe. Many writers haveclaimedthat it was made by the Kiowas. Rather, it grew up of itself among the tribes because gesturing is natural to peoples everywhere."

Native American signs 1.
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Native American signs 2.
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Names of some Native American tribes:
"Arapaho.—The fingers of one hand touch the breast in different parts to indicate the tattooing of that part in points.
Arikara.—often called “corn-eaters,” are represented by imitating the shelling of corn, by holding the left hand still, the shelling being done with the right.
Blackfeet.—Pass the flat hand over the outer edge of the right foot from the heel to beyond the toe, as if brushing off dust.
Comanche and Shoshone.—Imitate with the hand or forefinger the crawling motion of the snake.
Flathead.—The hand is raised and placed against the forehead."


Warsaw city tour in Polish Sign Language, with a little extra

Interesting city tour video from young Deaf Interpreters of Warsaw, Poland.

"Polish language - how do you sign it?" is the name of the project. They created a video with city pictures, written information and Polish Sign Language (PJM) translation. 

A little extra: 

they highlighted some complicated written language expressions, and translated them into Polish signs.
So they are helping Deaf tourists in knowing better the city and in picking up new vocabulary of Polish expressions. 

Great idea, can't wait to see more of this!


Deaf vs. Hearing - what to talk about, and what topics to avoid?

Deaf and Hearing people live together in the same world, but with different cultural elements. 
Some topics are okay to discuss with a deaf person, but you should avoid them with hearing people. 
Also it is true from the other side: maybe it is polite for the hearing people, but not convenient in case of deaf company.

What topics and strategies you should choose, while talking to Deaf and Hearing people? 

Here is a handy cheatsheet.
Deaf vs. Hearing topics to discuss/avoid
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Korean Sign Language is now an official language in South Korea

"Korea Deaf Association Inc. established an initiative to the enactment of the fundamental law of Korean Sign Language in September of 2008. And eight years later, on the last day of 2015, the bill has passed the National Assembly."

"The National Assembly met in the 31st and passed Korean Sign Language Standard Policy, Sign Language Bill, Korean Sign Language Bill, Sign Language and Deaf Culture Standard Policy which is merged as Fundamental Law of Korean Sign Language.
The proposal consists of the national and regional policy and the enactment for education of Korean Sign Language, promoting and distributing information to create a better environment to use KSL. Every five years Korean Sign Language Improvement Planning and every three years, research and investigation of the use of KSL for the deaf need to be conducted.
Also, to preserve and improve KSL, it needs to be researched continuously and there needs to be an educational environment where the disabled person can learn KSL early on. To promote KSL, public organization, and KSL related corporations and organizations are to be assigned as the KSL educational center and their operation will be financially supported."
Source HERE.


Interview with Deafula... alias Peter Wolf

Deafula was the first (and probably only) horror film shot using American Sign Language. This is the only film ever to be released in the Signscope format. Over the years it has developed a following as a cult film due to the use of sign language and no spoken dialog.

Check out this interview with the director, writer and actor of the movie, Peter Wechsberg, under the pseudonym Peter Wolf.

Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB