The Indian Sign Language, with Notes of the Gestures Taught Deaf-Mutes in Our Institutions
by William Philo Clark (9781150011719)

The Indian Sign Language, with Notes of the Gestures Taught Deaf-Mutes in Our Institutions
 
William Philo Clark
Release Date: 16 December 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781150011719
ISBN-10: 1150011718



General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1885 Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: E. Eagle. Conception: Wings and black tips of tail-feathers. Make sign for Bird; then hold extended left hand horizontally, back up, in front of left breast, fingers pointing to front and right; lay the lower edge of extended and vertical right hand, back to right and outwards, fingers pointing to left and front, on back of left, about on knuckles; move the right hand outwards and to right, then make sign for Black; this represents the black ends of the tail-feathers, and sometimes the sign for Tail is made before this sign. The bald-headed eagle is represented by signs for Bird and Bald Head. The Berthold Indians sometimes add signs for Crooked Bill; and the Blackfeet for Soaring High In Air. The tail-feathers from the "chief of all birds," as they call the golden eagle, are highly prized, and are the chief and talismanic decoration of war-bonnets. These feathers are fastened in the hair, and also in the manes of their war-ponies. Some tribes only allow a man who has killed some one in a fight to wear a feather of this kind on the head; i. e., stuck in the scalp-lock. Should two or three be worn there, they indicate the number of people killed by the wearer. Some Indians claim that this bird was created and given them by God for its beauty, for decorating themselves, and as a special charm in battle. The Indians, as did the ancients, regard the golden eagle as an emblem of strength and courage. " Its extraordinary powers of vision, the great height to which it soars in the sky, the wild grandeur of the scenery amidst which it chiefly loves to make its abode, and its longevity, have concurred to...

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