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Cabecar Indian Language (Chirripo)

Cabecar is a Chibchan language of Central America, spoken by 4000 people in Costa Rica. Like most Chibchan languages, Cabecar is a tone language with SOV word order.

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Our Online Cabecar Materials

Cabecar Words:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Cabecar language, with comparison to words in other Chibchan languages.
Cabecar Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Cabecar words.
Cabecar Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in Cabecar.
Cabecar Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Cabecar.
Cabecar Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in Cabecar.
Cabecar Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in the Cabecar language.

Cabecar Language Resources

Cabécar Language Overview:
    Introduction to the Cabecar language from a missionary group, including audio files and gospel translations.
La Lengua Kabekar:
    Information on the Cabecar language, including a linguistic map of Central America. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Cabecar
     Information about Cabecar language usage.
AILLA: Cabecar:
    Archive of Cabecar language recordings available for download.
Cabecar Language:
    Demographic information on Cabecar from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Wikipedia: Cabecar:
    Encyclopedia article on the Cabecar language.
Cabecar Language Tree:
    Theories about Cabecar's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Cabécar Language Structures:
    Cabecar linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Idioma Cabécar:
    Information about the Cabecar/Chirripo language in Spanish, including a phonological inventory.
Diccionario cabecar-espanol:
    Spanish-Cabecar dictionary for sale.

Cabecar Culture and History Links

Cultures of Costa Rica:
    Map showing the location of the Cabecar and other indigenous Costa Rican tribes.
Boruca, Bribri, and Cabecar Culture:
    Articles on the history and traditions of the Cabecar tribe and other Chibchans of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Indígena -- Cabécar:
    Photography project regarding the Cabecares.

Books for sale on the Cabecar Indians

When Woman Became the Sea: A Costa Rican Creation Myth:
    Picture book for kids based on a traditional legend of the Cabecars and Bribris.
American Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Caminata a los Indios Cabercar * Los Cabecar * Cabecares:
Information about the Cabecar tribe in Spanish.
A la rencontre des Cabécars:
Information about the Cabecar tribe in French.

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