In a message dated 4/21/2006 9:13:32 PM Pacific Daylight Time, reina@ writes:Since your site doesn't include a sign for "feather", I thought I would share the sign that my husband created. (We looked for it in the big Canadian ASL dictionary from the library and it said to finger-spell it!) So.... hold the initial F hand out to the side (as on a bird's wing) and swoop it gently back and forth and slightly downward each time. I was very taken with this sign as it seemed so appropriate, so I wanted to share it with you. And, in so doing, check that there isn't some other meaning for this gesture that we novices don't know.Reina,
That is a great sign you have come up with.
You may be glad to know that it is one of three variations that I support.
1. "F" hand floating downward, side to side, in the manner of a falling feather.
2. Closed G-hand up near the side of your head, changes into a wide "G" hand as it moves up and then changes back into a closed "G-hand" as if showing a feather in a head-dress worn by a Native American.
3. Two closed "G" hands holding the base of a feather. The dominant hand moves up and to the side at an angle as it changes into an "open-G hand" and back into a closed G-hand as if showing the shape of a feather.