Language: Achagua is an Arawakan language of South America, spoken by about
300 people in eastern Colombia. It is closely related to the better-known Piapoco language.
Achagua is a polysynthetic language with complex
verbs and predominantly SVO word order.
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Names:Achagua is a native name used by the people. The Achaguas say it comes from
their word for "advisor" or "wise person."
Other spellings of this name include Achawa, Ajagua, Xagua, Axagua, Achugua, and Ajaga.
Barria, Abani, and Quirruba were the names of historical Amerindian bands of Colombia
which are sometimes considered to have been subtribes of the Achagua or speakers of the same language.
None of those three bands exist as distinct entities anymore, having either merged with other Achagua speakers or been
absorbed into the neighboring Guahibo tribe.