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.

For a quick, interesting resource for facts about this and other countries,
try Mystic Planet - The New Age directory of Planet Earth.

Note: Flag next to a link shows what language the website is in. This is sometimes obvious by what country the link is for or the fact that the title is in English. If I feel it may be ambiguous, I have tried to clarify by using a flag. This is done so that people can read sites in the language of their choice.

Angolan Sign Language Deaf history and current events

Angolan Sign Language

Embassy of Angola UK - Press Office, Newsletter No. 112 - February 2006. Scroll down to "Sign language dictionary launched": The first Angolan digital sign language dictionary, containing 500 words, was launched on 7 February. This first volume, an initiative of the Ministry of Education, was produced by the National Institute for Special Education in partnership with Unesco. A Ministry of Education statement said that standardising sign language in Angola was essential to ensuring proper education for members of the deaf community and ensuring their full integration in school life and society. Work is still in progress on the second volume, for which 350 words have so far been identified.

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 Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore,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.