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American Sign Language: "Montana"

The sign for "Montana" starts with two "M" hands together that move apart and then down.


(Model: Byron Cantrell)



Dr. Bill's Notes:
You might see some people just spell "MT" to mean "Montana" and that's okay I guess, but the way most native Deaf adults do it is an actual sign using "M" hands and some sort of movement representing "mountains."  You might see some people doing a wavy movement in the air using an "M" hand (similar to how one version of Denver moves a "D" hand in a couple of "arches" reflective of the shape of mountains).  Personally, I do the "Montana" sign by starting with two hands in the middle, a bit lower, and then I move both hands out to the side in an arch (like a smaller version of one of the versions of "McDonalds." Quite a few people use that "to the side and down" version (that Byron is using above) as their sign for "museum." 

As always, you should find out how your local teacher or local Deaf people do it and then do it their way.
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