Language: Bare is an endangered Arawakan language of South America,
still spoken by only a few elders in southwestern Venezuela and northwestern Brazil. Most Bare people have shifted to speaking
Portuguese and/or the Tupi-based trade language
Nhengatu (Lingua Geral) instead.
Bare is a polysynthetic language with
SVO word order.
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Names: Baré, or Balé, is a tribal name from their own language. Some say it is a shortened form of the word for
"friends" or "allies," while others say it derives from the word for "white." Alternate spellings of this name have included
Bare, Bale, Barré, Barre, and Barrés. The names of Bare subgroups include
Barauna (also spelled Barauana or Barawana),
Ihini (also spelled Ihni, Inhini, Ibini, or Ihini-Bare),
Arihini (also spelled Arihini-Bare), and
Mandahuaca (or Maldavaca)
are also referred to as a Bare subgroup in some literature, but although they do share
many cultural similarities, their languages are distinct. The more general
names Mitua and
Yavita are sometimes used to
refer to the Bare Indians as well as to other neighboring tribes.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Bare language, with comparison to words in other Arawakan languages.
Bare Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Bare words.
Worksheet showing color words in the Baré language.
Bare Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Baré language.