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Akawaio Culture and History (Akawayo, Kapong)

As a complement to our Akawaio language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Akawaio tribe and their society.

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The emphasis of these pages is on Akawaios and other American Indians as living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Akawaio history is interesting and important, but the Akawaio Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and real issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Akawaio Websites

Akawaio Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Akawaio Indian language.
Akawaio Legends:
    Collection of Akawaio Indian legends and folktales.
    Information and links about indigenous culture in Guyana.

Books for sale on the Akawaio Indians
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Witchcraft and Sorcery of the American Native Peoples:
    Interesting book on black-magic traditions among the Acawaio and other Indian tribes.
Legends and Myths of the Aboriginal Indian of British Guiana:
    Collection of Akawaio, Arawak, and Carib tales.
An introduction to the Akawaio and Arekuna peoples:
    Ethnographic introduction to the Arekuna and Akawaio cultures.
Carib-Speaking Indians: Culture, Society, and Language:
    Book on the Carib cultures of South America, including a chapter on Akawaio shamans.

Maps of Akawaio Lands

Indian Peoples of Venezuela and Adjacent Areas:
    Map showing the location of Kapon lands in Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil.
Guyana Language Map:
    Map showing where in Guyana the Akawaio and Pemon languages are spoken.

Akawaio Lifestyle and Tradition

    Article on Akawaio culture and customs.
The Ingariko:
    Online ethnography of the Akawaio, Patamona, and Ingariko tribes of Brazil.
Religions of Native South Americans:
    Online texts about Witoto, Arawak, and Akawaio mythology and religious traditions..
    Information and photographs on the Akawaio culture.
Minister Fox remembers Christmas Akawaio-style:
    Newspaper article on cultural life in the Akawaio village of Waramadong.
Letter of an Akawaio Elder to the President of Guyana * Cultural Survival of the Akawaio:
    Articles about a hydroelectric dam program threatening to displace the Akawaio tribe.
Changing Forms of Identity and Political Leadership Among the Akawaio Kapon:
    Academic thesis about post-colonial changes in Akawaio society.
Akawaio Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Akawaio clothing, tools, and other artifacts.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Akawaio:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Akawaio Indians.
  Cultura y lengua akawaio * Pueblo Akawayo de Venezuela * Los indigenas Akawayo:
  Information about the Akawaios in Spanish.
  Kapon * Guaica:
  Akawaio ethnic groupings and designations.
  Akawaio links.

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