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"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.
Here are links to our webpages about the Chascoso tribe and language:
South America Indian
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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