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Awaete Indian Language (Asurini, Awaeté)

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

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Names: Awaeté is the tribe's own name for themselves, meaning "true people" in their language. They are also known as the Asurini, which comes from their name in the language of the neighboring Juruna tribe and means "red people." Alternate spellings of these names include Awaete, Aweté, Assurini, Asuriní, Xingu Asurini, Asuriní do Xingú, and Asuriní do Coatinema. The Araweté language is very similar to Awaeté, but is considered by most linguists to be a distinct language.

Awaete Language Resources

Ethnologue: Asurini of Xingú:
    Demographic information about the Awaete language.
    Profile of the Awaete language.
Asurini Language Tree:
    Theories about Awaete's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Lengua Asuriní:
    Overview of the Awaete language in Spanish, including linguistic maps.
Wikipedia: Awaeté Language:
    Brief encyclopedia article about the Awaete language.

Awaeté Culture and History Links

Indigenous People of Brazil: Asurini do Xingu
    Online ethnography of the Awaete people.

Books For Sale On The Awaetes

Languages of the Amazon
     In-depth book about Awaete and dozens of other Amazonian Indian languages.
Os asurini do Xingu: Historia e arte:
    Portuguese book about the Asurini tribe.
Native American Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

Links, References, and Additional Information

  Assurinis do Xingu: * Povo Asurini do Xingu:
  Information about the Awaetes in Portuguese.

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