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Transcribing Deaf Folklore from the 1981 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Promoting Accessibility through Transcription Young visitors learn some American Sign Language at the 1981 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo by Jeff Ploskonka, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives.
In 1981, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival included programming about folklore from the Deaf community-often represented with a capital D. Presentations featured Deaf theater, poetry, “signlore,” puns, and many other forms of Deaf folklore. Participants recalled experiences from their childhood, what it's like to be “deaf in a hearing world,” and some of the challenges they face daily. Overall...
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