"the Gomerians whistling"
The island of La Gomera
Public DomainThe island of La Gomera - Credit: NASA

Silbo Gomero is the language of whistling used by residents of La Gomera in the Canary Islands to communicate across the large ravines around the island. The language was adapted when the Spanish colonised the island in the 16th century. By the 20th century, the language was almost extinct, until the local government made it mandatory for children to study it.

 

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