Several years ago James Woodenlegs and Melanie McKay-Cody visited the Tennessee School for the Deaf in collaboration with Dr. Jeffrey Davis to inform the students about Plains Indian Sign Language and create a short documentary film trailer with help from the National Science Foundation.
In this clip, Tommy Rockroads [N. Cheyenne/Tse’tsehestahese], a fluent PISL user, explains why he learned PISL and why he believes it is important to keep the language alive. Jeffrey Davis (PISL documentation project, PI) interprets his words into ASL. Tommy is also fluent in spoken Cheyenne and English, but he does not know ASL. Soon, we will post a few sample clips of Tommy signing PISL. Stay tuned!