Signs for BLOODSTAIN
Meaning: a stain or a spot caused by blood.
Deaf Culture and tidbits
Deaf Culture and History
"Barbwire and Bloodstain of Word" poetry performance by Jolanta Lapiak on 28 September 2007 for the "International Day of Sign Language Rights" at City Hall, Edmonton.
"Such eloquent storytelling. It captivated me from the start, especially with your brilliant incorporation of performance, presentation and narrative. Your signing is so poetic, so beautiful. I would love to see more." -- Lance, 2010.
"Beautiful! Agree with Lance.... wanna see more, more, more!!!!" -- Ella Lentz, 2010.
The artist performed a narrative of timeline from the ancient Greek to the infamous Milan 1880 (which crashed the privilege of sign language), from the top to the bottom of the circle.
As the artist reached the half of the circle at 1850 and 1880. She described a success in the 1850s, where there were deaf lawyers, politicians, writers, artists, professors, teachers, etc. who used sign languages. Success crashed down after the infamous Milan 1880 which banned sign language in favor of oralism. She continued with the rest of the circle from the 1960s to the 1990s, where sign language blossomed again.