Language: Amahuaca is a Panoan language of South America, spoken by about
200 people in Peru and Brazil.
There are two Amahuaca dialects, known as Inuvakeu and Viwivakeu.
Amahuaca is closely related to the Isconahua
and Cashinahua languages, and some linguists consider them
to be dialects of the same language as well.
Amahuaca is an agglutinative
language with predominantly SOV word order.
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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. The Amahuacas 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, Amewake,
Amuewaka, Ameuhaque; Impetineri, Ipetineri; and Huni Kui. 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 the Kotinawa (Cutinahua),
Indowo (Inohuo), Isawo (Isahuo), Kapiixichi (Kapii xochi or Shihuanahua,) Nashishmawo (Nashishnahuo), Rondowo (Ronohuo,)
Shimanawa (Shimanahua,) Xaawo (Shahuo,) and Punchahuo (Ponguicha'o).