Calderon, who died at the age of 93, was the last person in the world to speak the language of the Yagan community and to create a dictionary translated into Spanish.
The southernmost indigenous languages of South America almost disappeared after the death of the last living speaker and the guardian of the culture of his ancestors.
Cristina Calderon died Wednesday at the age of 93.
She learned the Yamana language of the Yagan community and was the last person in the world to be able to speak it after her sister died in 2003.
She worked to save knowledge by creating a dictionary of languages that included translations into Spanish.
“With her, an important part of our people’s cultural memory is gone,” said Lydia Gonzalez, daughter of Calderon. twitter..
Gonzales is one of the representatives currently drafting a new constitution in Chile.
But the dictionary meant that there was a desire to preserve the language in some way, she said.
Sobre el fallecimiento de mi madre, Cristina Calderon
Hoy, jueves 16 de febrero de 2022, falleció mimadre, depositaria de nuestras tradiciones, última hablante activa del Yagán. Con ella se va parteimportante de la memoria Cultural de nuestro pueblo
— Lydia González Calderon (@lidiayagan) February 16, 2022
Calderon I lived selling socks
“With her departure, she lost a wealth of linguistically valuable empirical knowledge, but the possibilities for saving and systematizing the language remain open,” she said.
There are still dozens of Yahgans left, but for generations, people in the community learned a language that was considered “isolated” because it was difficult to determine the origin of the word. quitted.
Calderon lived in a simple house and made a living by selling knit socks in the Chilean town of Villa Ukika, which was created by the Yahgan tribe on the outskirts of Puerto Williams.
An ancestral ethnic groups who lived in the southernmost tip of South America, now the archipelago of Chile and Argentina, move towards the frozen Antarctica.
https://www.trtworld.com/americas/last-yamana-language-speaker-cristina-calderon-dies-in-chile-54869?utm_source=other&utm_medium=rss Last Yahgan speaker Cristina Calderon dies in Chile