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Ayaman Language (Ayoman)

Language: Ayaman was a Jirajaran language once spoken in Venezuela. It had SVO word order. The Ayaman language has not been spoken since the early 1900's. There are still people of Ayaman ancestry in Venezuela today, but the Ayaman Indians were displaced and resettled in missions together with indigenous people from other tribes, where they lost their languages and assimilated. For this reason, there is no Ayaman tribe today, and little traditional Ayaman culture is still practiced.

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Names: Ayaman is the name the tribe uses for themselves. In their language it means "headman" or "leader." Other spellings of this tribal name have included Ayoman, Ayamán, and Ayomán.

Our Ayaman Language Materials

Ayaman Words:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Ayaman language, with comparison to words in other Jirajaran languages.
Ayaman Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animals in the Ayaman language.
Ayaman Indian Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in the Ayaman language.
Ayaman Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Ayaman.
Ayaman Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in the Ayaman language.
Ayaman Food:
    Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Ayaman language.

Ayaman Language Resources

Lengua Ayomán
    Brief information on the Ayaman language. Page in Spanish.
Ayoman Language Tree:
    Theories about Ayaman's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Ayaman Language Structures:
    Ayaman linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Books for sale on the Ayamans
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The Languages of the Andes:
    In-depth linguistics book about Ayaman and dozens of other Andean Indian languages.
Native Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

Ayaman Culture and History

Map of Precolumbian Venezuela * Jirajaran Language Map:
    Maps showing the original location of the Ayaman and Jirajara tribes.
Los indios Ayomanes, JiraJaras y Gayones
    Ethnography of the Ayoman Indians, with photographs. Page in Spanish.

Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Ayoman:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Ayoman language.
  People of Venezuela:
  Information and links about indigenous Venezuelan culture.
  Los Ayamán de Lara y Falcón * Los Ayamanes * Grupo Indigena Ayamán:
  Information about the Ayoman tribe in Spanish.

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