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We are the Patagonian wind

Patagonians sing to the wind or is the wind whispering melodies to them? We tell you the importance of this phenomenon.

As we are

Oh!, we are part of the southern wind
Frío azul

Rubén 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

 Much more than wind 

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.

 We're all part 

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 go

Charly Garcia

The wind touches my face/marks a change of course

Fito 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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