Scenes from a recent WAYK Chinuk Wawa Night. Note again the variety of conversation, from Novice to Advanced, and how different speaker-teachers wield (or don’t wield) sign language, depending on who’s involved, or on the lunatic fringe, of the conversation.
The beginning, highly structured, novice-level WAYK conversations are there to teach technique use (“the rules of the game”); players then use the techniques and signed bridge language depending on context, at more advanced levels seeming to just have relaxed, off-the-cuff conversations, the techniques almost entirely unmarked or discussed.
Sign language is a critical element of beginning conversations, and a more supportive element (though still very powerful!) of advanced conversations.