There are only six people who understand and use the language left and most of the whistlers are elderly and the even older ones lose their teeth so they aren't able to make some of the notes. There is some hope for the language's survival. "Local Panagiotis Tzanavaris has established the Cultural Organisation of Antia, and last year he was featured in a documentary that was screened at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has also broken hundreds of years of traditions and started to teach people outside of the village this ancient Greek language."
The tiny village of Antia is so remote that it doesn't even show up on google maps. In the past couple decades, the population of Antia has dropped from 250 down to 37. No one really knows when people started to use Sfyria but some residents speculate that it came from Persian soldiers who looked for refuge in the mountains about 2,500 years ago. The youngest whistler in the village is a 50 year old goat herder.
According to linguists, the language is basically a whistled version of spoken Greek, in which specific tones and frequencies correspond with letters and symbols. Since the sound waves of whistling travels farther than normal speech which makes it perfect for communication in the mountains and valleys. Sfyria is also the most structured whistling language out of about 70 others and it also has the fewest living users.
"In the Greek island village of Antio, home to the world's most endangered language, aging residents communicate across hillsides through whistles, a specific system of communication believed to date back to Ancient Greek." This helps provide to my argument because there are very few people left who are proficient at Sfyria, this just shows how important it is to preserve this language as fast as we can.
The whistling language, which locals call Sfyria from the Greek word Sfyrizo which means whistle, is taught to the children when they are 5 to 6 years old; but there aren't any kids to teach to because they've all grown up and have left the village. The language was found by mass media in 1969 because rescuers were looking for the remains of a missing pilot in that crashed in the Oshi mountain area. This helps provide to my argument because there aren't any more kids from the village to learn the language so the language will die with the last village members.