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Chascoso

"Chascoso" is an alternate name for the Asheninka tribe. It is a name that was given to them by Spanish settlers, and its origins are unclear-- chascoso means "matted hair" in Spanish, but the Ashaninka people have never worn matted or clumped hair styles, so perhaps this was originally a corruption from some other word.

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

 Asháninka
 Ashaninka history
 Ashaninka pronunciation
 Arawakan languages
 South America Indian
 Amazon Natives

Here are a few good books about the Chascosos:
 Asheninka 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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