Society for American Sign Language Journal

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Understanding the role of women according to the Indigenous Ways1 is a new topic that needs to be addressed as part of promoting diversity in the American and Canadian societies. The Deaf communities in particular will benefit from learning about the Indigenous Women. The article begins with the discussion on issues pertaining to Indigenous Deaf people. This is followed with three parts, the first covering the organization that Indigenous women created. The second covers a review of tribal signs with special attention to their cultural relevance. The third part pays tribute to Indigenous women who have done their part as advocates. The key conceptualization for the article lies in the significance of the Indigenous Ways and the role that Indigenous women play in their communities. Guidance is provided for how to improve the lives of Indigenous Deaf people, especially with the idea of restoring the shared signing community structure for the Native Americans. This includes reviving and disseminating the tribal sign language.



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