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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 speakers died in the 1990's; however, some Andoa elders still remember something of the language. Andoa was an agglutinative language with many suffixes and predominantly SOV word order.

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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, and Simigae. In older literature, the Gae tribe was sometimes referred to as the "Siaviri" or "Slaviri"; the origins of this name are obscure, but it was probably a place name.

Our Online Andoa Materials

Andoa Words:
    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 Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources

The Amazonian Languages
     In-depth book about Andoa and dozens of other Amazonian Indian languages.

Andoa Language Resources

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.
Andoa Language:
    Demographic information on Andoa from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Wikipedia: Andoa:
    Encyclopedia article on the Andoa language.
Andoa Language Tree:
    Theories about Andoa's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.

Andoa Culture and History Links

Sumak Allpa:
    Homepage of an indigenous Ecuadorian organization that has been working on behalf of the Andoa tribe.
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.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Los andoa * Idioma andoa-shimigae:
  Information about the Andoas and their language in Spanish.
  Andoa Tribe:
  Andoa Indian books.



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