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No Longer Silent

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Indigenous sign languages once thrived in North America as key means for diplomacy and cross-nation communication. Now scholars and Indigenous people are working to recover and preserve these languages alongside their spoken counterparts.

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Discovering the Secrets Behind Indigenous Hand Talkers

Widely used before colonization, Indigenous sign languages likely formed much of what became American Sign Language. First of two parts.

By Carlos Oen, 27 Aug 2018


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Fighting to Save Indigenous Sign Languages

Reconciliation commission called for action to save Indigenous languages — but traditional sign languages are being forgotten.

By Carlos Oen, 13 Sep 2018


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How the Fraser River Gold War Changed Canada

Claiming the Land shows how an American invasion upended relations with Indigenous people.

By Crawford Kilian