The waterfall has been known as the “Angel Falls” since the mid twentieth century; they are named after Jimmie Angel, a US aviator, who was the first person to fly over the falls. Angel’s ashes were scattered over the falls on July 2, 1960.
The common Spanish name “Salto Ángel” derives from his surname. In 2009, President Hugo Chávez announced his intention to change the name to the purported original indigenous Pemon term (“Kerepakupai Vená”, meaning “waterfall of the deepest place“), on the grounds that the nation’s most famous landmark should bear an indigenous name. Explaining the name change,
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