“When my sister Úrsula passed away I was left alone, with no one to talk to,” said Cristina Calderón in 2016, in an extensive feature published by EL PAÍS. “I learned Spanish when I was nine years old. The father of a niece of mine was a gringo, and they taught me little by little,” she recalled in her house in Villa Ukika, in Puerto Williams, with a view of the Beagle Channel. “Back then everyone spoke Yaghan, but later they started to die, and I was left alone. The children did not want to learn the language. They were ashamed. White people laughed at them.”
Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.