A recently released AJ Plus video documents a form of whistling called the “Mazateco whistle,” which has been used as a way to communicate across remote distances throughout Oaxaca, Mexico. The Mazateco whistle is part of the Mazateco language, which, according to the video, “represents an understanding of the relationship with nature and the understanding of the mutual existence among us,” says Eloy Garcia, a linguist at the University of Mazateco.
Mexican states like Oaxaca and Chiapas continue to hold one of North America’s largest indigenous communities. In Oaxaca, in particular, many of the languages, spiritual practices, and customs have been preserved despite anti-indigenous policies and massive waves of immigration to the United States.
Garcia also believes that the “Mazateco whistle” is a way for elders to preserve their indigenous traditions at a time when Mazateco youth are in danger of never learning the language.
Check out the video below to learn more.
What if communicating meant you had to whistle? In some indigenous regions of Mexico, people don't need words to talk with each other.
Posted by AJ+ on Saturday, October 21, 2017