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
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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