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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