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Ashéninka (Asheninka)

"Ashéninka" is an alternate spelling for the Ashaninka tribe. Actually, though most spelling variations in indigenous names are due to outsiders writing down traditionally unwritten languages in different ways, the distinction between "Ashaninka" and Asheninka" is a genuine difference in pronunciation between different groups of speakers. The name (which means "our relatives") is pronounced with an "a" sound in dialects further to the south (such as Tambo,) and with an "e" sound in dialects further to the north (such as Pichis.)

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Here are links to our webpages about the Asheninka tribe and language:

 Ashéninka language
 Ashaninkas
 Ashaninka pronunciation
 Arawakan language family
 South American Indians
 Native Amazonian tribes

Here are a few good books about the Ashéninkas:
 Ashéninka Stories of Change
 Salt of the Mountain: Campa Ashaninka History and Resistance in the Peruvian Jungle
 Upper Perené Arawak Narratives of History, Landscape, and Ritual



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