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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.
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.
Overview of the Awaete language in Spanish, including linguistic maps.
Wikipedia: Awaeté Language:
Brief encyclopedia article about the Awaete language.
Indigenous People of Brazil: Asurini do Xingu
Online ethnography of the Awaete people.
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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