Language: Bari is a Chibchan language of South America,
spoken by 3000 people in in northeastern Colombia and western Venezuela. It is not to be confused with an
African language also called Bari, which is spoken by half a million people in the Sudan--most
Bari language information you will find online is related to the African language. Also, although both the Bari tribe
and the Yukpa tribe are commonly known
as "Motilones," the two languages are unrelated to each other.
"Motilon" simply means "shaved head" in Spanish, and has been used to refer to several different South American tribes
who wear their hair this way. Bari is a tone language
with SVO word order.
Thanks for your interest in Native American languages!
Names:Bari is the tribe's name for themselves in their own language, meaning "people."
Baria is their name for their language.
Alternate spellings and names for the Bari tribe have included Barí, Barida, Barís, Barira, Bariara,
Bari-ara, Bariji, Bari-ji, Motilon, Motilón, Motilone, Motilones Bravos, Dobocubi, Dobokubi, Mape, Kunawasaya,
Our list of vocabulary words in the Bari language, with comparison to words in other Chibchan languages.
Bari Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Bari words.
Bari Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Bari language.
Bari Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Bari language.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Bari language.
Worksheet showing color words in the Barí language.