American Sign Language and Crow Sign Language

American Sign Language and Crow Sign Language

Posted By Corinne Oestreich October 15th, 2018 Blog

This video has been circulating around Facebook and shows two men signing at the same time.

The man on the left is signing in American Sign Language the nationally recognized language for communicating while deaf, and the man on the right is signing in Crow sign language.

From Seek the World Facebook Page:

Comparing the sign differences between American Sign Language (ASL) & Crow Sign Language (PISL)

Flarin Big Lake is a member of the Crow Tribe. Flarin is the last Deaf person in Crow Tribe who uses Crow Sign Language (language variety of Plains Sign Language). He kindly emphasized PISL is not a nationwide native sign language. It's used in the plains area – Crow, Cheyenne, Flathead, Rocky Boy, etc.

The video is in honor of Flarin Big Lake on Indigenous People Day (October 8th).

What is instantly noticeable is how similar the two signs are for each word that is demonstrated!

Check out the video posted below!

American Sign Language & Crow Sign Language – Plains Indian Sign Language (PISL)

Comparing the sign differences between American Sign Language (ASL) & Crow Sign Language (PISL)Flarin Big Lake is a member of the Crow Tribe. Flarin is the last Deaf person in Crow Tribe who uses Crow Sign Language (language variety of Plains Sign Language). He kindly emphasized PISL is not a nationwide native sign language. It's used in the plains area – Crow, Cheyenne, Flathead, Rocky Boy, etc.The video is in honor of Flarin Big Lake on Indigenous People Day (October 8th).

Posted by Seek the World on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

About Corinne Oestreich

Corinne Oestreich (Mohawk/Lakota) has been a writer with powwows.com since 2014. She lives in the state of CA, and enjoys attending and photographing many of the Northern CA powwows and events. She owns her own photography business and is also a Fellow with Changemaker Initiative in partnership with Ashoka.



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