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Native American Talking Signs

Native American Talking Signs

by Michael Kelly, Fred L. Israel (Editor), Arthur Meier Schlesinger (Editor), Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (Editor)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-An attempt to explain a sampling of hand signals. Each two-page spread presents a word accompanied by several paragraphs of information loosely related to that word in the context of Native American cultures and a color illustration vaguely demonstrating the concept in sign language. However, since these signals require movement, the static illustrations fail to demonstrate how to express the thought. Descriptions of the motions accompanying these randomly selected words (such as "eating," "bear," "the sea," "I agree") often fail to fulfill their purpose. Vocabulary is dated, offensive, or stilted ("squaw," "brave"); generalizations about "Indians" prevail ("The Indians of North America were at home in the forest...;" "Most North American Indians shared the same cultural heritage..."). Also, blatantly wrong statements abound, such as, "In the late 17th century, the Iroquois established a federation..." (it was the late 15th century); "The Dakota Sioux...carved the symbol of the eagle on top of their totem poles" (totem poles were never carved by Dakota people). The generic and hackneyed illustrations do little besides reinforce stereotypes. A shallow index and list for further reading provide minimal guidance, and the chronology is mostly inaccurate. Skip this one.-Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA

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Looking into the past Series
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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