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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."

All Exit.

See Also:

Shorter "Playlet"

Universal Indian Sign Language






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