Aims

(Click on each AIM for a sign language demonstration)

1st AIM – To be clean in body and pure in heart

[How to Sign] – “Clean Body, Pure Heart”

  • Clean = rub hands together in front of you
  • Body = both hands on chest, then push them down against body to your waist
  • Pure = put right hand (open and palm down) to chest, then push it out away from you parallel to the ground
  • Heart = right thumb up in the air out to your side and bring it to your chest (i.e like pointing at yourself with your thumb)

2nd AIM – To be “Friends Always” with my Dad

[How to Sign] – “Friends Always With My Dad”

  • Friends = put right index and middle finger together up on the side of your temple and then bring them up into the air
  • Always = put right hand open next to the side of your head and rock your hand back and forth
  • With My = point to your chest with your right thumb, then flip thumb away from your chest
  • Dad/Daughter = Daughter puts right index finger up next to shoulder and then brings it up into the air. Dad puts right index finger up next to shoudler and then lowers it down

3rd AIM – To love the sacred circle of my family

[How to Sign] – “Love My House”

  • Love = cross both arms against chest (i.e hands to opposite shoulders)
  • My = right thumb pointed at chest, then flip out away from body
  • House = interlock fingers in front of you in teepee shape

4th AIM – To be attentive while others speak

[How to Sign] – “You Speak, Me Listen”

  • You = point at person in front of you with right index finger
  • Speak = put right fist next to cheek, then flip right index finger out twice
  • Me = point at your own chest with your thumb
  • Listen = cup right hand next to your right ear

5th AIM – To love my neighbor as myself

[How to Sign] – “Love All People Same As Me”

  • Love = cross both arms against chest (i.e hands to opposite shoulders)
  • All = extend right arm out to your side and use a sweeping motion and swing your arm into your chest with hand cupped
  • People = put both hands in front of your with fingers pointed up and wiggle fingers
  • Same As = put both wrists against your chest side by side with your index fingers pointing away and then push fingers out away side by side
  • Me = point your thumb to your chest

6th AIM – To seek and preserve the beauty of the Great Spirit’s work in forest, field and stream

[How to Sign] – “same as above”

  • Seek = right index and middle finger spread open, put fingers up to your right eye sideways (i.e. one finger above/below right eye)
  • And Preserve = both arms spread apart shoulder width in front of you at waist height with hands cupped (i.e like holding something)
  • The Beauty = put both hands in front of you with your palms down and make a motion like your pushing something down
  • Of The Great = both hands in front of you with palms up, then arc them out to the side and up above your head
  • Spirits = make a spinning motion with your right index finger up into the air (i.e like making a tornado motion)
  • Work = put both hands side by side in front of you with palms towards each other and make a chopping motion up and down
  • In Forest = with left arm cupped out in front of you, take your right arm under and then up in front of you to your face (i.e. like a tree sprouting up)
  • Field = put both hands out in front of you with your fingers pointed up, then wiggle your fingers and spread your arms out sideways
  • And Stream = bring your right index finger up to your mouth and make a single sweeping motion across your lips