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Oh!, we are part of the southern windRubén Patagonia
Patagonians, from the south of the Colorado River to Ushuaia, sing to the wind . Or perhaps, as the musicians themselves say, it is this one who whispers to them couplets, verses and melodies. Something's safe. For provinces such as Neuquén, Rio Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego, wind is part of their identity.
Today we know that climate or landscape is as part of us as language, customs or what we eat can be. For example, the ancient Greeks believed that the Mediterranean climate, neither cold nor hot, had turned them into who they were. What about Patagonia? There, it generates such a powerful effect that it transcends the physical . In the south some call it “Eolo”, by the God of the winds in Greek mythology. A great Chubutense musician describes it like this:
When the wind blows it brings forces
that get into my soul
and burst in my throat
And a strange mix of memories
into pieces of this story
brings the wind into its housing
The Patagonian wind is strong, cold, persistent. According to wind energy specialists, it is one of the best in the world. It is the typical austral, also called “roaring forty,” or “furious fifty,” or “whistling sixty,” as their attacks grow. It arises above all from the southwest and blows without brakes on that land between two oceans that is Patagonia . The Teuschen, one of the four Tehuelches villages, called him Koshkil. It crosses thousands of hectares of steppe reaching speeds of more than 100 km per hour. But, for Patagonians, it's much more than this. It is a symbol of rooting, belonging and freedom . It is a feeling of home and nostalgia, which is strange when you are away.
The Patagonian wind crosses territories, unites provinces and villages. It whispers melodies, thoughts and ideas in the ears of all Argentines . Most of the best musicians in our country have heard it. But not just them. Also writers, comedians, artists and scientists.
South wind/or april rain/i want to know/where should I goCharly Garcia
The wind touches my face/marks a change of courseFito Páez
Wind? Ah... I thought it was the country, that was starting to move...Mafalda, Quino's.
Publication Date: 17/08/2020
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