Oneida Sign Language

Oneida Sign Language Project 2016

Working along with an ASL interpreter as well as OSL interpreters Marsha & Max Ireland,  a new system has emerged. The Oneida Sign Language is not simple Oneida translated into American Sign Language. OSL leans more naturally toward the Plains Indian method or American Indian hand talk as it is also known. The Plains Method has existed for over 400 years and was used among the Tribes in North America for purposes of trade and political matters.

This pilot project will result in five complete modules: Introducing myself, My family, Thanksgiving Address, Office phrase and Council phrases.

Video footage links to our YouTube Channel/playlist can be found on our Oneida Sign Language video page.


The last leg of the project will be training of five community individuals who wish to take on the role of OSL interpreter. If interested please contact us for more information.