The stories of Deaf people, which rarely make it into print, here bring to life a world little known in mainstream culture. The storytellers are old and young; the pain of a generation brought up forbidden to sign contrasts with the confidence of young people using New Zealand Sign Language as they assert ‘Deaf Pride’.
The stories also challenge an often ill-informed mainstream view of what it means to be Deaf, and make a powerful statement about the importance of communication – within and beyond the Deaf community.
Photographs by Bruce Connew.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Themes in Deaf Experience:
‘People of the eye’
Deaf school, hearing school: finding the Deaf world
Deaf people in hearing families
Deaf children of Deaf parents
Habitats for a language and culture
Aspirations and opportunities
Daniel Beech and Beth Titter
Perry Meets the Law
Patrick Wikiriwhi Thompson (Te Wikiriwhi Pokaitara)
Angela Sew Hoy
List of Terms
'A wonderful celebration of the world of the deaf … greatly enhanced by magnificent photographs by Bruce Connew.' Waikato Times
'This fascinating book provides insights into a community about which most people are unaware.' Evening Post