People of the Eye

People of the Eye

Stories from the Deaf World

Out of print; available through the New Zealand Sign Language Collection in subscribing libraries.

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.

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Themes in Deaf Experience:
‘People of the eye’
Language history
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
Identity, diversity
The Stories:
Kathleen French
Patty Still
Daniel Beech and Beth Titter
Susan Hamilton
Cheryl Anton
Douglas Croskery
Lynne Smith
Perry Meets the Law
Paul Buzzard
Della Buzzard
Patrick Wikiriwhi Thompson (Te Wikiriwhi Pokaitara)
Alistair Appleby
Angela Sew Hoy
Sara Pivac
List of Terms
Select Bibliography

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2018
Pages: 264
RRP: $39.99
ISBN: 9781877242083
ISTC: A02201200002128C
DOI: 10.7810/9781877242083

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'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


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