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"Chuncho" is an alternate name for the Ashaninka tribe. It is a Spanish version of the Quechua word ch'unchu, which means "forest dwellers." Although this is not an inherently negative word in Quechua, it has come to be used meaning "savage" or "uncivilized" in Peruvian Spanish, and is considered offensive by many Ashaninka people.

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

 Ashaninka language
 Ashaninka pronunciation
 South American Natives
 Amazon Indian

Here are links to more Internet resources about the Chuncho people:
 Chuncho Indian photograph
 The Chuncho Indians of the Amazon River, Peru
 Wikipedia: Chunchu

And here are a few good books about the Chunchos:
 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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