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"Chunchu" is an alternate name for the Ashaninka tribe. It comes from a Quechua word meaning "forest dwellers." Although this is not an inherently negative word, it has been used pejoratively in Peruvian Spanish, and is not preferred by most Ashaninka people.

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

 Ashaninka language
 Ashaninka pronunciation
 Arawakan language family
 South American Natives
 Amazonian jungle tribes

Here are a few good books about the Chunchus:
 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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