Talking without Words in the Old West - Introduction to Nonverbal Communication

Several means of nonverbal communication among Native Americans are introduced.

Communication between Native Americans and early Europeans on the Plains were challenging. Among the methods described are sign language, marks or “glyphs”, and smoke signals.

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Sally Thompson (Producer/Director), Ken Furrow (Videographer), Danika Sandoz (Editor)


“Talking without Words in the Old West” Regional Learning Project, The University of Montana, and Center for Continuing Education 2009

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