American Indian tribes
Language: Arabela is an endangered Zaparoan language of South America,
spoken by a few dozen people in northern Peru. Most Arabela Indians have been switching to the Spanish and Quechua
languages. Arabela is an agglutinating language
with many suffixes and its word order is SOV.
It is closely related to the Andoa language, and some
linguists consider them to be dialects of a single language.
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Names: The word Arabela is actually a place name, referring to a river that runs through their territory. Their own name they use
for themselves is Tapueyocuaca (also spelled Tapweyokwaka or Tapueyocaca) which means "our family," although today they commonly call
themselves Arabelas. Other names they are sometimes known by include Chiripunu (or Chiripuno), and Pananuyuri.
Sometimes the Arabela language is referred to as Arabela-Andoa,
considering its close relationship with the Andoa language.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Arabela language, with comparison to words in other Zaparoan languages.
Arabela Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Arabela words.
Arabela Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Arabela language.
Worksheet showing color words in the Arabela language.
Arabela Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Arabela language.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Arabela language.
Arabela Language Resources
Peru Linguistic Map Tribes and Languages of Peru:
Maps showing the areas in South America where Arabela is spoken.
Arabela Language Arabela Linguistic Description Arabela Orthography Arabela Phonology Arabela Grammar:
Scanned-in Arabela language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Linguistic chart of phonemes in the Arabela language.
Phonological inventory of the Arabela language, with a sample text.
La Lengua Arabela-Andoa:
Information on Andoa and Arabela including linguistic maps of South America and Peru. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Arabela
Information about Arabela language usage.
Encyclopedia article on the Arabela language.
Arabela Language Tree:
Theories about Arabela's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Arabela Language Structures:
Arabela linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Archive of linguistics papers on Arabela, in English and Spanish.
Human Rights: Arabela:
Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Arabela language.
The Bible in Arabela: Arabela Prayers: Tower of Babel in Arabela: Arabela Words of Life:
Translation of Bible passages into the Arabela language.
Books For Sale On The Arabelas
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In-depth book about Arabela and dozens of other Amazonian Indian languages.
American Indian Books:
Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.
The Arabela of Peru:
Cultural overview of the Arabela people.
Coverup of an Uncontacted Tribe:
Article about the disputed existence of uncontacted Arabela communities in the Peruvian rainforest.
Museum exhibit with photographs of Arabela clothing.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Endangered Languages Project: Arabela: OLAC: Arabela
Bibliographies of Arabela language resources.
Information and links about indigenous culture in Peru.
Cultura Arabela Lengua Arabela Los Arabela Arabela (Tapueyocuaca) Idioma Arabela:
Information about the Arabelas and their language in Spanish.
Arabela Tribe Language:
Arabela Indian links.
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