The history of the Yahgans is not known to many people over here in Holland. I think it is important to pay attention to the history of the Yahgans, of peoples living far away, who are also part of our …

Cooking with a story Lees meer ›

On 16 April 2019 we watched the documentary Tánana with eighteen people in the cultural cinema of Griffioen VU in Amstelveen / Amsterdam. A special welcome to the winners of the prize competition held at the Molinos de Viento language …

Tánana screening at cultural cinema Griffioen VU University Amsterdam Lees meer ›

With thirty three neighbours and friends we had a very interesting afternoon with the screening of Tánana and aftertalk in the neighbourhood center De Eester. Tánana: meaning ready to set sail in the Yahgan language, is about the return of …

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Sisoi is visiting his grandmother. Not far from grandma’s hut are killer whales (orcas) swimming. Grandma gets up and walks on the beach for a while. “What does grandma do?” Sisoi asks his parents. Gaméla turns her head briskly. Shhh, …

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They have collected new stones, found in the far west, called flints, to light the fire. Gaméla, Sisoi and their parents navigate in their canoe along several glaciers. The ice creaks and cracks terrifyingly. They see impressive icebergs. And suddenly… …

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(Another story based on the Yahgan mythology about heaven and earth) Gaméla never gets tired of hearing some old stories. Others terrify her. She has only listened to the myth about the older Sun-man once. She will never forget it. …

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(A story based on the Yahgan mythology about heaven and earth) Gaméla rubs the sleep from her eyes. She sees her little brother still lying near the fire. Her parents are already awake. “Where are we again?”, she asks herself, …

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Today is a lazy day. Gaméla leans against her mother who is preparing food near the fire. When her mother bends down her necklace tinkles. Gaméla stares at the middle link: a red snail home between rosy coloured shells hanging …

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