La Gomera of Canary Islands Communicates in Whistle Language Silbo Gomero

by OldSailor on May 11, 2009


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Here is whistle language ‘Silbo Gomero’ used by islanders of La Gomera in Canary Islands to communicate.

Some interesting features of whistle language Silbo Gomero are:La_Gomera

  • was used as a language to communicate with fellow islanders easily across the island’s valleys who are two to three kilometres  away.
  • was used as communication medium from 15th century.
  • now with the availability of electronic communication networks, the whistle language is losing its significance.
  • to revive the whistle language, the local government in La Gomera has made it compulsory for all the children on the island to study it, in elementary schools.
  • the government has also applied to UNESCO to have the tradition protected.
  • islanders who know the whistle language are called Silbador.

View some interesting video clips:

If you are interested to learn the whistle language, log on to: Learn Silbo Gomero

Read more from BBC News: Canary Island whistles again

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