ASL sign for NATIVE AMERICAN

Definition: An indigenous American Indian community officially recognized as an administrative unit by the federal government or functioning as such without official status; First Nations.

This ("F" handshape) is the common ASL sign around for decades.

This emerging sign ("V" handshape) was proposed in around 2017 by some indigenous Deaf American on social media. This led to discussion.

In January 2019, a video was posted on the social media, stating "The Deaf Native United hereby recognizes the official sign for Native Americans, used by deaf Native Americans from across the United States and Canada." showing a series of Deaf Native Americans signing the "F" version of the sign.


Related signs: First Nations (same ASL sign but a Canadian English term), indigenous, Plains Indian Sign Language

Signs for tribes: CHEROKEE, Meskwai Nation.

If you are Deaf Native American or First Nations, you're welcome to submit your video clips, signing related terms (e.g. your tribe), to this site.

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