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Help Native Languages by Interning as a Linguist over the Summer for SAIVUS and/or VizLingo

mathias | May 10, 2011

The Society to Advance Indigenous Vernaculars of the United States (SAIVUS) is associated with VizLingo, a social-media company above Tumblr., which is creating the world’s first global visual language. Essentially, the program they’re inventing garnishes text with video clips, allowing word definitions (and entire worldviews) to be seen in conjunction with how they are written [...]

Horse Language

mathias | March 24, 2011

Reportedly, in addition to having Plains Indian Sign Language, various signals like smoke signals, mirror signals, drum beat codes, fire arrows, and so forth Plains Indians were very good at reading animal body language, particularly that of horses, which ties into differences in their treatment of horses than Western treatment. Take the workshop on this [...]

Native Languages Make Native Movies Better

mathias | January 25, 2011

According to Screen Junkies.com, The 10 Best American Indian Movies of All Time are “Dances with Wolves” (1990), “Last of the Mohicans” (1992), “Little Big Man” (1970), “Fort Apache” (1948), “Nanook of the North” (1922), “The New World” (2005), “The Fast Runner” a.k.a. “Atanarjuat” (2001), “Smoke Signals” (1998), “Apache” (1954), an “Apocalypto” (2006). Half of [...]

What’s in a Name? Be Careful in Using PISL

mathias | January 20, 2011

Our previous post was about people using Plains Indian Sign Language after learning it from books and videos. At least one of these signers, Ron Garitson, was considered fluent by modern native Cheyenne PISL signers at the 2010 Plains Indian Sign Language Conference. Ron had practiced his PISL with modern native Crow signers, native Assiniboine [...]

Plains Indian Sign Language Professionals

mathias | January 18, 2011

Plains Indian Sign Language (also called Hand Talk), is a signed language that was used by all Natives of the Plains and adjacent regions. Although it is still maintained in modern communities; mostly by the Deaf, in just 100 years or so, dialectology has resulted in major decline of mutual intelligibility (90% to 66% or [...]

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