Talking with Hands: Everything You Need to Start Signing Native American Hand Talk - A Complete Beginner's Guide with over 200 Words and Phrases (Hardcover)

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Talking with Hands: Everything You Need to Start Signing Native American Hand Talk - A Complete Beginner's Guide with over 200 Words and Phrases (Hardcover)

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Explore Native American culture and learn Hand Talk, also known as Plains Indian Sign Language, Plains Sign Talk, and First Nation Sign Language.

In Talking with Hands, professional Native American dancer, storyteller, and educator Mike Pahsetopah reveals the beauty of Plains Indian Sign Language, which was once used as a common language between the Indigenous peoples of the region now generally known as the Great Plains of North America. The language was used for trade, but also for storytelling and by the Deaf community, making it a very common and useful tool in society. Today, only a few native speakers remain.

This beautifully designed book makes practicing Plains Indian Sign Language easy and engaging. Learn the proper positions and motions of this now-rare language with photos and descriptions throughout the pages. Follow along with diagrams to perfect your abilities.

Learn how to use your hands to convey the meanings of over 200 common words. In this detailed guide, you will learn to sign words like:
 
  • Hungry
  • Camp
  • Evening
  • Angry
  • Fire
  • Owl
  • Together
  • Brave
  • And more

Honor and carry on the culture of the Plains peoples by learning the sign language they shared.

Professional Native American dancer and storyteller Mike Pahsetopah has been a Native American Cultural Educator since 1976. Manager and lead dancer of his family troupe, Dancing Eagles, he has performed at festivals, museums, and outdoor events. He has also appeared in commercials, videos, films, and movies as an extra, most notably Walker Texas Ranger. A native Sapulpan, Mike has done 6,306 presentations in libraries, schools, and colleges introducing Talking with Hands and Rediscovering Plains American Indian Sign Language.

Product Details ISBN: 9781577153665
ISBN-10: 1577153669
Publisher: Wellfleet Press
Publication Date: September 26th, 2023
Pages: 168
Language: English