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Native Amazonian Animals

Here are the indigenous words for six native animals of the Amazon rainforest. We have given their names in five different Indian languages: Amuesha, Guajajara, Guarani, Kaingang, and Nheengatu. Notice that the English word jaguar and the Portuguese word arara both come from these indigenous languages of the Amazon.

Three of these languages are related to each other. Can you guess which ones are related from the Amazon animal words listed here? (Hint: Not every word will sound similar even in closely related languages, so you will need to look at several different animals to figure it out!) You can find the answer on this page: Tupi-Guarani languages.

Native Amazonian Animal Names

Amuesha: ma'yaarr
Guajajara: zàwàruhu
Guarani: jaguarete
Kaingang: mĩg
Nheengatu: iauareté

Amuesha: huaasa
Guajajara: ka'i
Guarani: ka'i
Kaingang: kajẽr
Nheengatu: iurupixuna

Amuesha: o
Guajajara: wira
Guarani: guyra
Kaingang: sikré
Nheengatu: uirá

Amuesha: pueella
Guajajara: arar
Guarani: gua'a
Kaingang: kã'ég
Nheengatu: arára

Amuesha: pohsoorr
Guajajara: anyra
Guarani: mbopi
Kaingang: krygféj
Nheengatu: andira

Amuesha: po'yaallo
Guajajara: moz
Guarani: mbói
Kaingang: pyn
Nheengatu: buia

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