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Alternate forms: Niimíipu
Date: 1897, 1929-1930, 1935, Circa 1939
Contributor: Farrand, Livingston, 1867-1939 | Phinney, Archie, 1904-1949 | Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967 | Velten, Harry V. | Minthorne, Gilbert | Wayilatpu
Extent: 3 notebooks; Circa 25,150 slips; 27 pages
Description: The Nez Perce materials in the ACLS collection consist of several items, primarily found in the "Nez Perce" section of the finding aid. Noteworthy materials include 1897 field notes by Livingston Farrand, 2 notebooks of Archie Phinney recorded at Fort Lapwai with his mother Wayilatpu, and grammatical analyses by Swadesh and Velten. There is also an extensive "Sahaptin lexicon," based largely upon Phinney's published "Nez Perce texts" (1934). In the "Cayuse" section of the finding aid, Swadesh's "Cayuse interlinear texts" (section Ps1a.1) are in the Niimi'ipuutímt language as told by Gilbert Minthorne, including one text later published by Jarold Ramsey as "Fish Hawk's Raid Against the Sioux" (in the book "Coming To Light: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America", ed. Brian Swann, 1994, Vintage Books, New York). In the "Quinault" section, a small number Farrand's notebooks may contain some Nez Perce texts in English. Identification within the notebooks is unclear.
Collection: ACLS Collection (American Council of Learned Societies Committee on Native American Languages, American Philosophical Society) (Mss.497.3.B63c)
Culture: Nez Perce
Date: 1891-1938; 1966
Contributor: Crawford, Mary M., 1861-1946 | Crawford, Elizabeth | In-go-nom-pa-shi | Jonas, Levi W. | Axtell, Juliet L. | Cooper, Carrie S. | Rumsey, Minnie M. | Ellinwood, Frank F. (Frank Field), 1826-1908
Extent: 1 microfilm reel (121 pages, 9 photographs)
Description: This collection of materials on American Sign language is based on the work of Presbyterian missionaries in Idaho in the nineteenth century. Includes a Nez Perce hymnal; discussion and illustrations on the meaning of symbols and on the use of sign seven published works; miscellaneous clippings; photographs; and correspondence of sisters Mary and Elizabeth Crawford. The published works include the history of the Idaho mission and sign language translations by Mr. Levi W. Jonas (native Nez Perce superintendent of the Kamiah church) and In-go-nom-pa-shi. Includes over 1,500 sign language hand symbols of the Nez Perce language with thirty portraits of missionaries and Nez Perce Indians of Idaho from 1891-1938. Illustrations from different published works such as Gospel hymns in the Nez Perce language (1897); The Sign language and the invention of Mr. Lewis F. Hadley (Chicago, 1891); and Sign language; talk by In-go-nom-pa-shi. Also, clippings from various Presbyterian publications. From materials in possession of Miss Jean Rumsey.
Collection: Nez Perce Sign Language materials, 1891-1938 (Mss.Film.1226)