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RUN AGAINST.  Hold flat left hand in front of breast, back out; hold right in same relative Position but nearer body; move right briskly so that back strikes inside of left hand.


SACRED.  Make the sign for MEDICINE.

SAD (meaning: heart laid on the ground). Make the sign for HEART; then swing hand out and downwards toward the ground, turning palm up.

SADDLE.  Place inside of both wrists together in front of breast; then holding this position, push both closed hands as far back as possible.

SALT.  Touch the tongue with tip of extended right index, other fingers and thumb closed; then make the sign for BAD.  Sometimes the sign for WHITE is made.

SAME.  Make the sign for EQUAL.

SAW.  Imitate using the tool.

SCHOOL HOUSE.  Make the sign for HOUSE, for WHITES, for LOOK (2 fingers pointing towards left palm), and for KNOW.

SCOLD.  Make the signs for TALK and BAD.

SCOUT.  Make the sign for WOLF.

SCOUT (to).  Make the sign for WOLF; then sign for LOOK.


SEASONS.  The usual names for the seasons are, WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, and for explanation of same see pages 57, 49, 51, 23.

SEE.  Bring right 2 hand to opposite eyes, and the two fingers should point in the direction one is looking.

SEIZE.  Move open hands out in front of body; close them briskly and draw towards body, as though seizing something.


SEPARATE.  Hold the 1 hands close together in front, indexes pointing forward; by wrist action turn the hands so that right index points to right and front, left index to left and front; moving right hand to right and front, left to left and front.

SERGEANT.   Make the sign for WHITES, for SOLDIER, and with right index mark position, extent and number of stripes on the arms.

SEW.  Hold flat left hand, back to left, in front of body; use right index as an awl or needle, bringing it just over thumb, pointing to left, inner surface pressed against inner surface of index; move right hand slightly to left, and by wrist action turn back of index down as it passes.  Repeat motion two or three times.

SHAKE HANDS.  Clasp hands in front of body. In former times Indians only clasped hands in concluding a treaty or making peace.  They now, in dealing with whites, observe the custom.

SHARP.  Hold flat right hand, back down, in front of right breast; then lightly touch lower edge of right hand with ball of left thumb; then make sign for GOOD.

SHAWL.  Make sign for FEMALE; then sign for BLANKET.

SHE.  Make the sign for WOMAN.

SHEEP--Mountain (meaning; horns).  Compress and slightly curve the hands in front and above the head-have them curve in a way similar to that made by the big horns of the sheep.

SHEEP--Domestic.  Make sign for MOUNTAIN SHEEP, for WHITES, and for WITH.

SHOE.  Make the signs for MOCCASIN and WHITES.

SHOOT.  Hold nearly closed right hand, back up, in front of breast, tips of first three fingers pressed against ball of thumb; move hand out, down and to left, while snapping the fingers out from under the thumb.

SHORT.  Hold compressed right hand to right and front of body, fingers pointing upward and hand at height to be represented.

SHOSHONE-Indian (meaning: sheep eater).  Make the sign for INDIAN, for SHEEP, and for EAT.

SICK.  Hold extended 5 hands in front of body; then wave them out and in, two or three times, to denote throbbing.

SIGN LANGUAGE.  Hold out flat left hand, back up, touch back of fingers with inside of fingers of right hand; then reverse this process; then make sign for TALK.

SILENT. Place tips of fingers of right hand over lips, and incline the head slightly to front.

SILVER.  Make the signs for MONEY and WHITE.


SING. Hold right 2 hand in front of mouth and make sign for ALL.

Universal Indian Sign Language






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