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Arawete Indian Language (Araweté)

Language: Arawete is a Tupian language of South America. It is an agglutinative language with fairly free word order. Arawete is spoken by around 200 people in Brazil.

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Names: The Arawetes call themselves Bïdé, which means "the people." It's not clear where the name Araweté came from. It could have been a misunderstanding of Awaeté, the name of a neighboring tribe, or the last two syllables might have been a corruption of Bïdé. Alternate spellings of these names include Arawete, Araueté, Arauete, Arauiti, Arawine, Auetoi, Bïde, and Bide'. The Awaeté language (also known as Asuriní do Xingu) is very similar to Araweté, but is considered by most linguists to be a distinct language.

Arawete Language
Arawete language samples and resources.

Arawete Culture and History
Information and links about the Arawete tribe past and present.

Arawete Language Resources

Araweté Name and Language:
    Profile of the Arawete language.
House of Languages: Araweté
    Information about Araweté language usage.
Ethnologue: Araweté:
    Demographic information about the Arawete language.
Araweté Language Tree:
    Theories about Arawete's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Lengua Araweté:
    Overview of the Arawete language in Spanish, including linguistic maps.
Wikipedia: Araweté Language:
    Brief encyclopedia article about the Arawete language.

Books For Sale On The Arawetes

From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society:
    Anthropology book on the worldview of the Araweté Indians.
Languages of the Amazon
     In-depth book about Arawete and dozens of other Amazonian Indian languages.
Arawete, o povo do Ipixuna:
    Portuguese book about the Arawetes.
Native American Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

Links, References, and Additional Information

  Os Arauetés: * Povo Araweté:
  Information about the Arawetes in Portuguese.

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