Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Angola (Angola)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

Angolan flag David Bar-TzurAngolan flag

map of Angola

Flag: World flag database.
Map: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.

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try Mystic Planet - The New Age directory of Planet Earth.

Note: A flag next to a link shows what language the website is in. If it is followed by this icon: (video camera: This links to a video), it is a video in that spoken language. A flag followed by Sign Language iconmeans it is in the sign language of that country. globe (international icon)Sign Language iconmeans there is International Gesture.

Angolan Sign Language dictionaries Deaf history and current events

Angolan Sign Language dictionaries

Angola: Benguela: Special Education School Presents Sign Language Dictionary - An Angolan sign language dictionary for deaf people will be presented this Friday in southern Benguela province, by the board of the local Special Education School. According to the director of the institution, Osvaldo Gomes, the dictionary specifically covers gestures and is not only used in special schools, but by all deaf people.

Deaf history and current events

Miles, M. (2005). Deaf people living and communication in African histories, c. 960s - 1960s. There is strong documentary evidence that deaf or hearing impaired men and women, girls and boys, did occupy social space and took roles across the full spectrum of life throughout Africa in earlier centuries, living lives like everyone else and also having some different experiences. Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore, religious narrative, mime, dance and drama. Many of their experiences have involved severe economic poverty and adversity, stigmatising attitudes and exclusionary practices; yet this has not been the norm everywhere in Africa, and many deaf people have shown great resilience, perseverance, humour and ingenuity in their dealings and communications with the non-deaf world.