Language: Bora is a Witotan language of South America,
spoken by around 2500 people in northern Peru, northwestern Brazil and southeastern Colombia.
Bora is a tone language with
SOV word order.
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Names: Although "Bora" is commonly used by the people today, it originally came from a neighboring tribe, and may have
meant "other people" or "outsiders." The Boras call themselves Miamuna, which means "the people" in their language. There are
two main dialects of the Bora language, usually called Bora and Mirana after the two groups who speak them.
The Mirana people share many cultural similarities with the
Bora people and speak a dialect of the same language, so they are often considered a Bora subgroup. A third Boran subgroup of Colombia
was called the Imihita tribe, but they have been absorbed into Bora and Mirana communities today. Alternate spellings of
these names have included Borá, Booraa, Boro, Bora-Miranya, Miraña, Mirañã, Miranas, Miranha, Mirãnha, Miranya, Miriña,
Mïamuna, Miamunaa, Miamuna'a, and Meamuyna.