American "Indian Love Story" translated into Indian sign language by Richard Sanderville
Montana United States USA Date:1934, July 11 Duration:1 min 24 sec Sound:NO SOUND
A story called,"Indian Love Story," is written out in chalk, on a blackboard. Scene shifts to Richard "Dick" Benedict Sanderville, interpreter at the Blackfeet Agency in Browning, Montana,seated on a chair,outdoors. He translates the story into Native American Indian sign language, as follows, while the camera records his movements:
Man asks chief 's Daughter Will You Marry Me? She Says No. You're too Poor. Man Is Sad. Goes To War. Kills Two Sioux. Steals Ten Horses And Two Guns. Man Returns After Ten Days. Asks Woman Will You Marry Me? She Says-Yes! Man Says-No!! You Don't Love Me-You Love My Horses'. The signs: 1. MAN ASK CHIEF HIGH (head-chief) CHILD WOMAN , YOU ME MARRY; which translates to: A man asks the head-chief's daughter: "Will you marry me?" 2. WOMAN SAY , NO YOU POOR; which translates to her saying: "No, you are too poor." 3. MAN SAD (heart heavy), GO-TO-WAR; which translates to: The man is sad (his heart is heavy, falls on the ground). He goes to war. 4. KILL TWO SIOUX (3 missing sign), STEAL TEN HORSE, TWO BOW; which translates to: He kills two Sioux, steals ten horses and two bows. 5. GO-TO-WAR COME TEN NIGHT; which means: The man returns (from war) after ten days. 6. SEE WOMAN, SAY YOU ME MARRY; which means: He (visits and) asks the woman: "Will you marry me?" 7. WOMAN YES, MAN SAY NO; which translates to her saying: "Yes!" The man says: "No!" 8. YOU FOND HORSE , YOU HEART FOND (love) FINISHED. Translation: You love (my) horses, ( I ) don't love you anymore. Editor Commentary: The second GO-TO-WAR sign is much shorter because it is part of a compound sign, and the emphasis is now on COME. The actual going to war has already happened. Also, in the last sentence the first YOU is the subject, but the second YOU is the object, and the subject is missing. Finally, in the first sentence the HIGH sign (index finger pointing up above head) is almost unnoticeable, and means "standing high above all others" or "above all, superior, high above the others".
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