HERE IS A SUGGESTION FOR A POSSIBLE PLAY IN THE INDIAN SIGN LANGUAGE
By William Tomkins
The scene is somewhere in the wilderness. A father and son have been camping together. Going out on a hunt they get lost and cannot find camp. They meet an Indian (You can costume the Indian with a blanket and one or two feathers in a head band.)
The play opens as father and son walk out on the stage.
Father: "Well, son, it looks as if we are lost in the wilderness."
Son: "Yes, dad, we have been lost for three days now."
Father: "Unless something happens we are sure to perish."
Son: "Yes. I'm hungry and am afraid we'll starve."
The Indian walks in.
Father: "Hello, Mr. Indian, I'm glad you came.We are lost.How can we get out of here?"
Indian: "No sabe." (This is said with fingers to his lips.)
Father: "Isn't there anyone around here that speaks English?"
Indian: "No sabe."
Son: "Say, dad, maybe he knows Indian sign."
Father: "Do you know it?"
Son: "Yes, I learned it in Scouting."
Father: "Well, go ahead; try it."
Son: (Indian sign) "Do you understand Indian sign language?"
Indian: (Indian sign) "Yes, I understand."
Son: "It's all right, dad; he says he knows it.What shall I ask him now?"
Father: "Why, tell him we're lost."
Son: (Indian sign) "We're lost."
Indian: (Indian sign) "No, you no lost, you here."
Son: "Dad, he says we're not lost; we're here."
Father: "Well, I guess he's right at that. Tell him we went out hunting and can't find our camp."
Son: (Indian sign) "We go hunt. Cannot find camp."
Indian: (Indian sign) "Where is your camp?"
Son: "Dad, he wants to know where our camp is."
Father: "That's just what I don't know. Tell him it's by a lake."
Son: (Indian sign) "We make-rise tent beside lake."
Indian: (Indian sign) "Me understand. Three lakes beside here."
Son: "He says there are three lakes near here."
Father: "Tell him it's a little lake near a big mountain."
Son: (Indian sign) "Little lake beside big mountain."
Indian: (Indian sign) "I understand. Go not now; night come fast. Stay (sit) with me. Future time one sleep I go with you."
Son: "He says he knows where it is, Dad, but it's too late to go now. He says to stay with him and he'll go with us tomorrow."
Father: "All right; we stay. I'm tired and hungry anyway."
Son: (Indian sign) "Good, we stay with you."
Indian: (Indian sign) "Perhaps you hungry. Come with me. I give you food."
Son: "He says if we're hungry, Dad, to go with him and he'll give us food."
Father: "All right, let's go."
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Last modified: October 15, 2016.