Monday, May 22, 2006


Robert Fitzroy was the Beagle’s captain. The Beagle was an English ship that carried on a mission of cartography in South America between 1826 and1830. Fitzroy caught some indigenous people and brought them to England to educate them. Jemmy Button was one of them. He was born in 1816 and his name in Yaghán (his language) was Orundellico. Jemmy learned English and Spanish. Fuegia Basket lived between 1821 and 1883 and her name in her aboriginal tongue was Yokcushly. Fuegia had an amazing facility for learning languages. She learnt Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
Charles Darwin, who traveled on the Beagle to Tierra del Fuego, commented about the exceptional capacity of indigenous people from Chile to learn languages. He said, “They repeat correctly all words of a sentence that they have heard and they remember the words for a long time.” Darwin thought that these people had developed their senses better thanEuropeans.
I have studied some languages; however, my learning is poor. Perhaps I have lost my primitive sensibility or maybe the best way for me to learn is to travel like Fuegia and Jemmy

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Music On Line

1xtra Live

In this site, you will be able to Listen to and see the shows and interviews to your favourite artist. You can choose e.g. between, Hip Hop, Drum and Base, Reggae, and Rock

I chosen Demian Marley a Reggae artist, he is Bob Marley’s son. I listened to a concert live in London, when D. Marley sings songs the his newest album "Welcome to Jamrock" and the best songs of his father.

See more about Demian Jr. Gong Marley

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Small-Scale Fisheries

Chile has 4,329 km. of coast line. Thanks to the Humboldt Current, rich in nutrients, all, this marine coast is full of ecosystems with one of the highest rates of productivity around the world. This big productivity supports the coexistence of industrial and traditional fisheries, being this sector of economy the third in importance after of cupper and pulp of paper.
In Chile there are 52,291 traditional fishermen. They are organized in trade unions or associations of fishermen. The principal resources captured are hake, herring, anchovy, mackerel, sea urchins and chilean abalone. Those captures are important for subsistence, but also supply local markets. Nowadays, it has even increased the exports.
Small-scale fisheries make an important contribution to food security and poverty alleviation, however, the overexploitation, lack of organization, deficit of marketing and distribution are some unresolved problems. Nevertheless, all stakeholders must work together to achieve the sustainable development.

Friday, March 10, 2006


In Chile there are some ancestral cultures: Aymara, Mapuche, Kaweskar and Rapanui. These Aboriginal People have their own languages. The official language in Chile is Spanish. I am learning English, but I would like to learn Mapudungun, the language of Mapuche people, the more numerous community among chilean indigenous.

I can say for example:
"Mari mari kom pu che
Inche claudio pingen, inche chile tuwun

"Hello everybody,
I'm Claudio, I'm from Chile
Bye Bye"