Virtual Lecture | The Inclusive Work of C.M. Russell and Hand Talk Signs

An Anglo man and two indigenous American women ride on horseback towards a tipi encampment by a river.

Virtual Lecture | The Inclusive Work of C.M. Russell and Hand Talk Signs

During his residence in Montana, C. M. Russell encountered Natives, both on the northern plains of the state, and from neighboring tribes in Alberta, Canada. He incorporated Hand Talk (AKA Plains Indian Sign Language, or PISL) into his paintings, revealing those experiences. Unlike most of the non-Native and non-deaf artists of the Western arts period, C.M. Russell is a unique artist who portrayed the Plains Natives using authentic tribal signs. He lived in the area where Hand Talk was an important communication system among the Plains Natives; he personally learned signs and included them in his paintings.


  • Dr. Melanie McKay-Cody (Cherokee Deaf), Assistant Professor, Department of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, The University of Arizona


**Please note that this is a virtual program that will take place on Zoom and participants need only to register one attendee per household. After you register your household, you will receive a welcome email that includes more information & instructions along with the Zoom link. Participants need to register for a free Zoom account in order to attend. Download Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smartphone in advance for the best user experience.**

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 This program will be presented in ASL & PISL, with interpreters for spoken English. 

Ages: 18+

Contact: Director of Adult Programs at or 817.332.6554 if you have any questions or would like to be added to the wait list when registration is full.


Sep 22 2023


Central Standard Time
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm






Director of Adult Programs