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Let your imagination take you to the time when the aborigines lived in the Canary Islands.

Imagine a land furrowed by steep ravines and dense vegetation when crossing from one hill to another was an absolute feat, so how did they find the quickest form of communication through the mountains.


They found a way, by placing their fingers in their mouths and whistling, and created a language which is practiced by very few people in the world.

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La Gomera   When the first European conquerors arrived at the Canary Islands in the XV century, they were surprised by the whistles that the inhabitants used to communicate with each other across the ravines and long distances. It was treated as a whistling language but fortunately it has survived to our day. However, during the second half of the 20th century this exceptional way of communication was about to disappear but was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

On occasions, the whistle was used as a secret language, for example, during the conquest as a means of defence by the aboriginies against invaders and also against contraband, but really it was used to send messages between people about every day life situations or exceptional events and were heard only by those to whom they were sent.
Although it is believed that this communication was present on various Islands of the Canarian Archipelago, nowadays it is more characteristic of La Gomera where its people have tried their best to conserve it for future generations. To this end, students learn the whistling language at school and it forms part of the studies of the young people of La Gomera.

So, if you wish to listen to a conversation through this language or indeed if you would like to participate, La Gomera is the ideal place to learn this singular ancestral tradition which is authentically Canarian.
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