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Ira Language (Irá, Ira-Tapuya Tribe)
"Ira" is a tribal name of one of the Baniwa subgroups of Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia. It is also spelled Irá or Ira-Tapuya.
The name Ira comes
from the language of their Nhengatu neighbors, and means "honey."
In their own language, the Ira band call themselves Mapa-Dakenai,
which means "grandchildren of the bee."
Here are links to our webpages about the Ira tribe and language:
Langauges of South America
Here are a few good books about the Iras:
Cosmos, Self, and History in Baniwa Religion
Mysteries of the Jaguar Shamans
Languages of the Amazon
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