James Wooden Legs Introduction

In this video clip: James Wooden Legs, who is both fluent in Plains Indian Sign Language and American Sign Language, gives a short self-introduction. He code-switches between PISL and ASL, so that viewers (non-PISL signers) can understand his PISL utterances – thus, skillfully providing his own translations. In the near future we will be posting a few more examples including more PISL signing.

English Translation


James Wooden Legs (Northern Cheyenne) is a Deaf Native signer of Plains Indian Sign Language (PISL). He learned PISL natively from his family growing up on the N. Cheyenne [Tse’tsehestahese] reservation in southeastern Montana. Later, James attended the Montana School for the Deaf and learned ASL. He is a renowned presenter and involved in the revitalization of PISL and an active member of Deaf and American Indian communities. He currently lives in Albuquerque, NM. Recently, James gave a major presentation at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY.


2 responses to “James Wooden Legs Introduction

  1. Tamela Hedgpeth

    Is there a way I can contact James? I met him some time ago. I am currently working with Deaf Navajo children. I would benefit from his knowledge. Thank you.

  2. I would like to contact James Wooden Leg for information.
    Thank you, Eileen

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