“Yo Silvo” is a Canarian collective that has been a reference in research and dissemination of the whistled language in the Canary Islands and in the world for more than a decade and the study, recovery and dissemination of this ancient form of communication is its main objective.
The eighth Cultural Meeting with the Whistled Language is already warming up. It will be held in Santa Lucía de Tirajana from June 3 to 5.
It is whistled in many places on the planet where, due to the existence of a mountainous system or as a consequence of isolation, humanity had to find a way to communicate where the voice did not reach it.
The Moroccan Atlas, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, the French Pyrenees, Alaska, the Canary Islands and “up to 70 remote populations that develop or have developed their local language in this speech register”, as Julien Meyer and David Díaz Reyes point out in ‘Geolinguistics of the whistled languages of the world, with a focus on whistled Spanish’ (2017).
Meyer, linguist and bioacoustician, specialist in whistled languages of the world, develops his activity from the University of Grenoble Alpes, France. Díaz Reyes, ethnomusicologist, professor and doctoral student in History at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), has developed his research work on whistled languages from the Yo Silbo association, with various studies over the last twenty years. In 2008 he published the first edition of ‘The whistled language on the island of El Hierro’, the seed for the creation of ‘Yo Silbo’.