Mountain Men and Life in the Rocky

Subject Guide


Mountain West

Malachite’s Big Hole

Indian Sign Language:

Rudolph Kurz writes in his journal "My intercourse with these Mountaineers [Mountain Men] was very pleasant.  Those with whom I talked were half-breeds who gave me much information and taught me, besides, the Indian language of signs which, however much their dialects may differ, is the same throughout all tribes on the Missouri.  This knowledge of sign language was of utmost importance to me, even in St. Joseph, for I came in contact there with Indians from so many different tribes that I was at first hopelessly confused by their various dialects."

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