De’VIA Ancestors Book

Description We wanted to be sure you were aware of an exciting new book that has been recently published and should be a part of all libraries, especially those in schools where young Deaf students are educated. Many publishers have recently harnessed the power of beautifully illustrated children’s books highlighting the accomplishments of people who have been underrepresented in our history books. To ensure that Deaf people are also part of this genre, Surdists United first published ABC Portraits of Deaf Ancestors following a successful kickstarter campaign. We now are offering our second book—De’VIA Ancestors, a colorful book spotlighting the lives and art of three founding members of Deaf View/Image Art (De’VIA) movement: Betty G. Miller, Chuck Baird and Guy Wonder. These amazing artists worked to recognize and celebrate art specifically about Deaf people’s experiences. De’VIA Ancestors was created by a group of Deaf artists and writers. Each short, linked biography is illustrated by a contemporary Deaf artist inspired by original pieces of the De’VIA ancestor being featured. Laurie Monahan’s digital work illustrated Betty G. Miller’s story; Bob Rourke’s approached Guy Wonder’s story with mixed media illustrations, and Nancy Rourke’s watercolors brought Chuck Baird’s story to life. Each story features an English poem as a tribute. From the Introduction: All cultures have art about their people here you will meet three Deaf people who created art. Betty G. Miller, Chuck Baird and Guy Wonder all grew up with Deaf family members. These artists made different kinds of art. They were painters, sculptors, and mixed media artists. They helped start De’VIA—artworks about Deaf people’s experiences. Betty, Chuck, and Guy are no longer alive so we now honor them as our Deaf ancestors. De’VIA Ancestors was designed for young Deaf children, their families, and their communities. We hope it will become part of your library. Thank you, Surdists United (shipping cost included)



Deaf Artist Ancestors Book

Description Deaf Artist Ancestors is an eye-catching picture book focusing on three Deaf artists, Theophilus d’Estrella, Cutapuis/John L. Clarke, and Mary T. Smith. These amazing artists were from different parts of the United States and all worked in different media (photography, sculpture, and mixed media). The stories of each artists’ life is illustrated by a contemporary Deaf artist who was inspired by original pieces of the Deaf ancestor artist featured. Deaf Artist Ancestors was created for Deaf and Hearing children as well as for their families, schools, libraries, and communities. The Deaf authors designed each life story to stand alone or be read together in one sitting. Young children may wish to have the stories read/signed to them until they are ready to read independently. Repetition of lines and ideas across the stories create a sense of rhythm, emphasis and connection. The end of each story features an English Haiku as a tribute to these ancestors. Sit down and enjoy learning about the dynamic Deaf artist ancestors who were Theophilus d’Estrella, Cutapuis/John L. Clarke, and Mary T. Smith.



ABC Portraits of Deaf Ancestors Book

Description ABC Portraits of Deaf Ancestors written by Karen Christie with art by Nancy Rourke An amazingly well-researched, written, and illustrated book that every Deaf child and their families, schools, and libraries should have. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about a Black DeafBlind lawyer, a Deaf woman pilot, a Native American Deaf woodcarver, a Deaf woman journalist/poet who wrote under a male pen name and many more. Shipping cost included.



Sign Union Flag 3.25 ft by 5 ft

Description Sign Union Flag back in stock! shipping cost is included. About the Sign Union Flag- The Sign Union Flag, which has come to represent global Deaf citizenship, was designed by Arnaud Balard, a DeafBlind French artist in 2013. Balard created the flag after a careful study of flags (vexillology) with a graphic open hand. Its colours represent the following concepts: Dark Blue- Deafhood and Humanity (celebrating Deaf Gain and Challenging Audism) Yellow- Light, Hope and Enlightenment Turquoise- Sign language, our most cherished value, that binds our communities together.


for those who ordered items from outside of USA, please contact Nancy Rourke

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