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Posted December 7, 2009
This little book (a facsimile of the original) was prepared by Tomkins for Boy Scouts; it illustrates his extensive knowledge of the sign language of the Plains Indians. He provides clear illustrations for each sign as well as the explanation in English, French and German. There is a chapter of common phrases, and explanations of how to build sentences. He includes some information specific to Scouting, and some general information on native life, including a bit about the story painting done by the Natives on buffalo hides.
I have a special interest in Native sign language and this book has provided clear enough instruction that by studying it my husband and I can communicate on a basic level. Our interest extends to portrayal of native people in the Fur Trade, and this book has given us a sufficient command of the sign language to enhance our interpretation.
I think this book could be used to very good effect for scouting or just family entertainment by youngsters as young as five or six. (I admit it: this little book is one of my favorites on the subject for clarity and ease of use.)
Posted February 20, 2001
This is the easiest to understand book, it is so simple to remember. It also has convienient sub titles in french and german. in the back also contains pictographs and meanings, also has native language in short phrases that u can learn.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.