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Eloquence Embodied – Nonverbal Communication among French and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Eloquence Embodied: Nonverbal Communication among French and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas

Céline Carayon

Abstract

Taking a fresh look at the first two centuries of French colonialism in the Americas, this book answers the long-standing question of how and how well Indigenous Americans and Europeans communicated with each other during colonial encounters. French explorers and colonists in the sixteenth century noticed that Indigenous peoples from Brazil to Canada used signs to communicate. The newcomers, in response, quickly embraced the nonverbal as a means to overcome cultural and language barriers throughout French America. Céline Carayon's close examination of French accounts, combined with her multidi ... More

Keywords: Nonverbal communication, French America, Indigenous languages, Colonial encounters, Sensory, Signs, Embodied expression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469652627
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652627.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Céline Carayon, author
Salisbury University