Plains Indian Sign Language
Lashauna Janis, Sky Jackson, Hunter Hanson, and Mason Walker use Plains Indian sign language to perform the Navajo poem, “In Beauty I Walk,” during a play rehearsal at Senior High School.
Students in Real Bird’s Plains Indian sign language class review Crow phrases at Little Big Horn College.
Dr. Lanny Real Bird talks about a list of signs from the Plains Indian sign language that match a list of 400 vocabulary words he has developed for his class at the Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency.
Wyola Elementary School second-grader Jordan Jefferson speaks Crow words and makes Plains Indian sign language hand signs during a Crow language class.
Wyola Elementary teacher Janice Wilson combines Crow words and the Plains Indian sign language to teach second-graders how to speak their native language.
Dr. Lanny Real Bird teaches his Plains Indian sign language class at the Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency.
CROW RESERVATION — On a weekday morning, teacher Janice Wilson leads a class of Wyola second-graders in a Crow song, their hands and their mouths in motion at the same time.
Loretha (Rising Sun) Grinsell is fluent in a language few people understand, a language without spoken words.
James Wooden Legs, left, and Loretha (Rising Sun) Ginsell, of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, demonstrate the sign for car in Plains Indian sign language before a picnic at North Park on Saturday.
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