Anyone could read a document written in this pictograph form, if he had ever seen the objects to which the pictures referred.
First, it is simply a representation of an object or a phenomenon, that is, a pictograph.
The Ojibwa pictograph for sun is seen in Fig. 169, taken from Schoolcraft, loc.
Then, he drew with painstaking care a series of diagrams that repeated the information in pictograph form.
Such a figure occurs in the pictograph under consideration, where it occupies the position of the head.
For example, the pictograph for mouth combined with pictograph for vapour expressed words.
The pictograph system, which was perfectly intelligible to all tribes, was based upon gesture speech.
It is printed with a sort of movable type, and each character is a pictograph or hieroglyph.
The pictograph cut into a rock or tree, or painted upon a buffalo-skin tent, was our only record of current or past events.
Fig. 211 is an Ojibwa pictograph taken from Schoolcraft, loc.