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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."


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

 Baniwa
 Arawakan languages
 Brazilian tribes
 Amazon natives
 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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