Suddenly Barbara thought she understood and asked: “Did a rock squash your mother?” Mike was very upset by now and replied, “More hit do. Neck neck bite.”
When Barbara questioned the word “bite” he repeated “BITE BITE”, and she asked, “Who bite?” He answere “MORE GORILLA CHASE” and the lay down to rest on the floor. Had Michael recalled seeig his mother being hit in the next with something?
Barbara persisted, asking, “Tell me more please. Did Foot hurt your mother? Mike ignored her at first so she repeated, “Tell me more about your mother. Talk about your gorilla mother. Gorilla mother when you were a baby. What happened to your gorilla mother?”
Michael relates his memory of losing his mother to bushmeat hunters.
Barbara asked him, “Is your gorilla mother dead?” Mike replied, “SORRY, GOOD, EAT.” She asked again if his gorilla mother was dead. He continued to sign, “SORRY” and “GOOD, GOOD” and “SORRY.” Mike was feeling very sad to think of what happened to his good gorilla mother. Finally, when Barbara asked Michael if he was sad that his mother was dead, he signed, “SORRY” and then signed, “TROUBLE SQUASH.”
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