by William Tomkins
Showing the English thought-and the Indian Sign equivalent.
English. (In lower case)
1. I like to swim.
2. You like to eat.
3. We like to walk.
4. Fish swim under the water.
5 Beavers swim fast.
6. Scouts swim at camp.
7. Horses eat grass.
8. Dogs like to eat meat.
9. I eat with my father.
10. Two men are walking by the river
11. Do you like to walk in the woods?
12. Five boys are walking to camp.
13. The girl is running.
14. The dog is running with the girl.
15. Horses can run fast.
16. Do you know how vo swim?
17. Can they build a fire?
18. I can read.
19. Do you understand Indian Sign Language?
20. I understand a little.
21. Have you seen the horse?
22. I have not seen the horse.
23. Where are you going?
24. I am going to my home.
25. Your friend wants to go along.
26. Do you want to eat now?
27. Not now, I am not hungry.
28. I want to get a drink of water.
29. I want to go to sleep.
30. Indians drink water from the river.
31. They catch fish in the lake.
32. Look, it is raining.
33. Do you see the big dog?
34. A cat sees well at night.
35. I cannot see to work-now.
36. We like to work in summer.
37. A girl must help her mother.
38. A good scout likes to help others.
39. My sister does not want to cook supper.
40. Can you make coffee?
41. I will cut wood and build a fire.
42. When do we eat, at noon?
43. I do not eat much for breakfast.
44. All the smaller birds sleep at night.
45. The owl sleeps in the daytime and flies at night.
46. Bears sleep all winter.
47. How quietly the baby sleeps in its little bed.
48. Last summer we went to the mountains.
49. I like to see it snow in winter.
50. We have lived here ten years.
51. My brother is six years old.
52. The old Indian chief is very brave.
53. The old flag waves over the church.
54. Come hene and look at the moon.
55. We see the moon and the stars at night.
56. Only the sun shines today.
57. I would rather walk alone.
58. I have only one brother.
59. My only brother is very strong.
60. The soldier has only bne son.
61. Little girls often laugh.
62. We often see the soldiers march.
63. Birds sing frequently in the Spring.
64. Are you an Arapahoe?
65. No, I am a Cheyenne chief.
66. What is your. name?
67. My name is Big Beaver.
68. I would like to know your name.
69. My name is White Crow.
70. I am an Arapahoe scout.
71. Where do you live?
72. I live across the mountains.
73. What arc you doing here?
74. I am hunting beaver.
75. Have you caught any?
76. No, the beavers are all gone.
77. Did you see any white men today?
78. Yes, on the other side of the mountain.
79. How many did you see?
80. I saw one, alone.
81. Was he a young man?
82. No, he was very old.
83. What was he doing?
84. He was leading two horses.
85. Where did he go?
86. He went up the river.
87. We are holding a council tonight.
88. Good, can I sit in?
89. Yes, all chiefs are welcome us.
90. Where does your council meet?
91. Among the trees.
92. Where are the trees?
93. Over the river, beside the mountain.
94. Are you hungry?
95. Yes, I had no breakfast.
96. I have plenty of food.
97. Good, where is it?
98. At my teepee.
99. All right, let's go.
100. You are my good friend.
101. Before the white man came, many buffalo roamed the plains.
102. After the white man came, the buffalo disappeared.
103. Now cattle feed where once the buffalo roamed.
104. Don't wait for me, I'll come pretty soon.
105. I will sit here and read until he finishes his work.
106. I should like to see a beaver when it starts to cut down a tree.
107. May the Great Spirit permit your moccasins to make tracks in many snows.
108. May the Great Scoutmaser of all good scouts be with us all now and forever.
109. When dowe go on our overnight hike to, scout camp?
110. The Pawnees had a chief whose name was Spotted Bull.
111. Spotted Bull aroused the Pawnees to make war on the Sioux.
112. The Pawnees had many good warriors, also horses and rifles.
113. The Pawnees built up their own courage by villifying the Sioux.
114. The Pawnees said that the Sioux men were squaws and didn't know how to fight, and that the Sioux made weak medicine.
115. Spotted Bull, the Pawnee Chief, stole many horses and took them across the little Snake River.
116. The Sioux saw the trail, followed it for many days and put up a big fight.
117. They killed nine Pawnees, took all the Sioux and Pawnee horses, and went back to the Sioux camp.
118. The Pawnees were ready to quit.
119. They called a council with the Sioux and made peace.
120. It looks like rain today, we'll start our deer hunt tomorrow.
121. If the snow is deep the birds cannot find food to eat.
122. If you want to go with us, you must be ready at noon.
123. Did you speak to me? Yes, I told you to follow me.
124. Wait a moment. You cannot speak while everyone is chattering.
125. Be quiet, listen to the speaker.
126. Tell your secrets only to your friends.
127. Very many Sioux Indians are good singers and dancers.
128. The bird builds its nest in a tree.
129. The black bear grows very big.
130. For many days the forest fire burned fiercely.
131. The man is poor and blind.
132. A bad man stole my fine horse today.
133. The Indian ran all the way home, and when he reached home was very tired.
134. White men labor hard to make money.
135. When the wind blows hard, the fire burns brightly.
136. What did the dog eat last evening?
137. The old woman went to the farmer to get some corn.
138. Today I saw a large flock of blackbirds roosting in a tree.
139. Children love to sing and dance and laugh.
140. The Dakota Chief, Crazy Horse, was a fearless man and lived in the Sioux country on Cheyenne River.
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Last modified: October 15, 2016.