People of the Eye

Bridget Williams Books

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.