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 (or Tapweyokwaka,) which means "our family," although today they commonly call
themselves Arabelas. Other names they are sometimes known by include Chiripunu, 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
Arabela Language Arabela Linguistic Description Arabela Orthography Arabela Phonology Arabela Grammar:
Scanned-in Arabela language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Arabela Language Arabela Description Arabela Phonology Arabela Grammar Arabela Orthography:
Scanned-in Arabela language texts from the Rosetta Project.
Phonological inventory of the Arabela language, with a sample text.
Human Rights: Arabela:
Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Arabela language.
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.
Demographic information on Arabela from the Ethnologue of Languages.
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.
Languages of the Amazon
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.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Los Arabela Arabela (Tapueyocuaca) Idioma Arabela:
Information about the Arabelas and their language in Spanish.
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