The following clips are from a gathering of Native American chiefs, medicine men, and elders representing more than a dozen different nations. The films were produced by General Hugh L. Scott and the U.S. Department of the Interior by an Act of Congress, for the purpose of preserving and recording Indian Sign Language in a variety of discourse styles. The meeting took place in September of 1930 in Browning, Montana, and is the largest known gathering of high-ranking representatives from Indian Nations to be filmed up until then. This footage comes courtesy of the National Archives, and was digitized with support from the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Tennessee.
Richard Sanderville, a PISL signer from the Blackfeet Nation who interpreted off-screen at the Indian Sign Language Council (see above), continued to contribute to the preservation and study of PISL at the Smithsonian Institution by recording anecdotes and the beginnings of a film dictionary. Here are two excerpts from the resulting films.
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