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by William Tomkins

SUGGESTION FOR INDIAN SIGN LANGUAGE PLAYLET

A company of soldiers is camped on the prairie in the Indian country. An Indian Scout, exhausted, reaches camp and tells of some recent trouble between two hostile bands of Sioux and Cheyenne.  After he has rested and recovered somewhat, he tells the story with sign.

THE STORY

INDIAN SIGN EQUIVALENT

Indian Scout: "I was traveling over the prairie when down in the Cheyenne River valley I saw two bands of Indians meet.  I know they are Sioux and Cheyenne, because they come from Sioux and Cheyenne camps.  Two chiefs ride out and meet and converse for a long time, but evidently did not agree.  They rode back to their friends and soon they all start shooting.  I think it perhaps because Sioux stole many Cheyenne horses." INDIAN SCOUT: "I RIDE OVER PRAIRIE.  GO GOOD RIVER VALLEY.   SEE MANYINDIANS WANT FIGHT.  MANY SIOUX.   MANY CHEYENNE. COME SIOUX CHEYENNE CAMP.  TWO CHIEF RIDE.  MEET.  TALK LONG TIME.  GO WITH FRIENDS.  START SHOOT.  I THINK PERHAPS SIOUX STOLE MANY CHEYENNE HORSE."
Captain: "Where are the Indians now?" CAPTAIN: "QUESTION WHERE INDIANS NOW?"
Scout: "Across prairie, beside Chevenne River." SCOUT: "ACROSS PRAIRIE BESIDE GOOD RIVER.
Captain: "Where is your horse?" CAPTAIN: "QUESTION WHERE YOUR HORSE?"
Scout: "Horse swim river, climb mountain. go across prairie; horse foot go down prairie dog hole, break foot; shoot horse.  I feel very bad." SCOUT: "HORSE SWIM RIVER. CLIMB MOUNTAIN.  GO ACROSS PRAIRIE.   HORSE FOOT GO DOWN PRAIRIE DOG HOLE.  BREAK FOOT.  SHOOT HORSE. ME HEART ON THE GROUND."
Captain: "What do you think the Indians will do now?" CAPTAIN: "WHAT YOU THINK INDIANS DO NOW?"
Scout: "I think perhaps the Indians will go to the Fort and attack the soldiers."

Captain, to Indians: "I thought you peo- CAPTAIN: "I UNDERSTAND YOU IN-

DIANS ALL FIGHT?"

ple were fighting?"

SCOUT: "PERHAPS INDIANS GO FORT.  MAKE FIGHT WITH SOLDIERS."
They all start for the Fort.  On the way they meet the two bands of Indians, who are coming along together. ALL START FOR FORT.  THEY MEET THE TWO BANDS OF INDIANS COMING ALONG TOGETHER.
Sioux Chief: "We fight a little while and then understand it is bad medicine; so we hold a council and make peace."

 

SIOUX CHIEF: "YES. INDIANS FIGHT LITTLE WHILE. ALL UNDERSTAND FIGHT BAD MEDICINE.  HOLD COUNCIL.  MAKE PEACE."
Cheyenne Chief: "Sioux Chief speaks the truth; his tongue is not crooked like a snake.  All Cheyenne and Sioux Indians make peace and now live like friends." CHEYENNE CHIEF: "SIOUX CHIEF TALK TRUE. TONGUE NO CROOKED LIKE SNAKE. ALL CHEYENNE SIOUX MAKE PEACE.  NOW FRIENDS, BROTHERS."

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