Language: Amahuaca is a Panoan language of South America, spoken by about
200 people in Peru and Brazil. Amahuaca is an agglutinative language with predominantly SOV word order.
There are two Amahuaca dialects, known as Inuvaken and Viwivaken.
Names:Amahuaca is a place name, referring to the Capivara River in Brazil (which runs through the territory of the Amahuaca tribe.)
Some Amahuaca people also use the names Yora ("people") or Honi Kuin ("real men") to refer to themselves. They are also sometimes
known as Ipitineri, a name given to them by their Piro neighbors. Spelling variants of these tribal names include Amawaka, Amauaca, Amaguaca,
Amhuaca, Amaguaco, Amhuaca, Amahuaka, Amehuaque, Améwake, Amuewaka, Ameuhaque; Impetineri, Ipetineri; and Viwivakeu.
There have also been many Amahuaca subgroups and clans (not all of which are still in existence today), of which the best known are the Sayaco
band (also spelled Sayacu or Cayacu) and the Maspo band.
Other Amahuaca subgroups have included Maspo, Kotinawa (Cutinahua), Indowó (Inohuo), Isawó (Isahuo), Kapiixichi (Kapii xochi or Shihuanahua,)
Nashishmawó (Nashishnahuo), Rondowó (Ronohuo,) Shimanawa (Shimanahua,) Xaawó (Shahuo,) and Punchahuo (Ponguicha'o).