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DEER.  Indicate deer horns with both spread 5 hands held above sides of head.

DEFAME.  Make the sign for ABUSE.

DEFY. Place thumb between index and second finger of right band; push it sharply towards the person.

DEPART. Make sign for GO.


DIE (meaning: going under).  Hold the left flat hand, back out, well in front of body, fingers horizontal; bring right 1 hand on same plane and pointing to left hand, move right hand downwards and outwards.

DIG. Execute with both hands a pawing motion, moving hands from right front downwards, to left and rear on curve; repeating motion.


DIRT.  Point to ground with right index finger, then reach down and rub thumb and tips of fingers together.

DISGUST.  Make the signs for HEART and TIRED.  The head is sometimes turned to one side, and the idea conveyed by facial expression.

DISMOUNT.  Make sign for HORSE; then raise right 2 hand and lower it, pointing fingers at ground.

DISTANT.  Right hand, back to right, in front of right breast, a little lower than shoulder, hand partly closed and close to body; push the hand to front, raising it slightly.  Very distant would be shown by extending arm to full length.

DISTRIBUTE (meaning: handing out).  Bring right flat hand, back of same to right, well in front and a little to right of body; move hand slightly upwards to front, and then a little downwards; then take first position and make similar motion to left, as though giving to several persons.

DIVE. Hold left flat hand, back outwards, well in front of body, fingers pointing to right; hold right flat hand, back out, behind and little above left hand, fingers pointing downward; then move right hand down and out under left hand.

DIVORCE. Make the signs for HIS, WOMAN, and ABANDONED.

DO. Make the sign for WORK,

DO NOT.  Make signs for WORK and NO.

DOCTOR. Make the signs for WHITE MAN, CHIEF and MEDICINE.

DOG (meaning: wolf drawing teepee poles).  Draw right 2 hand across in front of body, from left to right.

DOLLAR. Make the sign for MONEY, and raise right index finger to indicate one.

DONE.  Make the sign for END.

DOOR.  Make the sign for TEEPEE or for HOUSE; hold left flat hand well in front of breast, back outwards and pointing to right; then place flat right hand on palm, and turn same over to right, as though little finger was a hinge.

DOUBT.  Make the sign for PERHAPS.

DOWN. Point downwards with right index finger.

DREAM.  Make signs for SLEEP, and SEE, and GOOD.

DRESS. Pass the spread thumb and index finger over that part of body represented as covered.

DRINK (meaning: drinking from the curved right hand).   With fingers tight together partly compress the right hand as though to form a cup; carry to mouth from above downwards, as though drinking water.

DROUTH.  (DROUGHT) Make signs for LONGTIME, RAIN, and NO.

DROWN. Make the sign for WATER; then sign whether LAKE or RIVER, and make sign for DIE.

DRUM.  Place hands in first motion for KETTLE; then with left hand still in position, use partly closed right hand as drum-stick, and strike down several times.

DRUNKARD. Make sign for WHISKEY and sign for DRINK, repeating four or five times, and signs for MUCH and CRAZY.

DRY.  To indicate that stream or spring is dry, make sign for STREAM (LITTLE RIVER), for WATER, and for ALL GONE.

DUCK. Make signs for BIRD and WATER, and gesture with right flat hand for flat hill.

DULL.  Hold left flat hand in front of body, back down; then with lower edge of flat right hand saw back and forth 3 or 4 times; then make sign for BAD.

DUMB. Palm of right hand over mouth; then make the signs TALK and NO.

Universal Indian Sign Language






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