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Andoa Language (Shimigae, Gae, Gaye)

Language: Andoa was a Zaparoan language once spoken along the border between Peru and Ecuador. The last fluent speakers died in the 1990's; however, some Andoa elders still remember something of the language. Andoa is an agglutinative language with many suffixes and predominantly SOV word order. It is closely related to the Arabela language, and some linguists consider them to be dialects of a single language.

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Names: Originally the Andoa, Gae, and Shimigae were three distinct Zaparoan bands, but under pressure from colonization, they have effectively merged together, and all three of these names are still sometimes used to refer to them. Spelling variants of these names include Gaye, Gay, Shemigae, Semigae, Semigaye, Simigae, Shimigaya, and Simikai. In older literature, the Gae tribe was sometimes called the "Siaviri" or "Slaviri"; the origins of this name are obscure, but it was probably a place name. Sometimes the Andoa language is referred to as Arabela-Andoa, considering its close relationship with the Arabela language.

Our Online Andoa Materials

Andoa Dictionary:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Andoa language, with comparison to words in other Zaparoan languages.
Andoa Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Andoa words.
Andoa Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Andoa language.

Andoa Language Resources

Andoa Phonology:
    Linguistic chart of phonemes in the Andoa language.
    Profile of the Andoa language including a phonological inventory, orthography and a text.
Andoa Language Archive:
    Collection of audio recordings by native Andoa speakers.
La Lengua Arabela-Andoa:
    Information on Andoa and Arabela including linguistic maps of South America and Peru. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Andoa
    Information about Andoa language usage.
Wikipedia: Andoa:
    Encyclopedia article on the Andoa language.
Andoa Language Tree:
    Theories about Andoa's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Andoa Papers:
    Archive of linguistics papers on Andoa, in English and Spanish.

Andoa Culture and History Links

Indigenous People of Ecuador:
    Map showing where the Andoa people and their neighbors live.
An Evolving Tradition: Andoa Pottery of the Ecuadorian Amazon:
    Antropology article about Andoa pottery arts.
Andoa people securing their territory by use of a simple GPS:
    Article about technology use and indigenous rights in Ecuador.
Andoa Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Andoa pottery and other artifacts.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: Andoa:
  Bibliography of Andoa language resources.
  OLAC: Andoa:
  Reference list of Andoa language materials.
  Los andoa * Etnia andoa * Idioma andoa-shimigae:
  Information about the Andoas and their language in Spanish.

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