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"Karu" is a name used by linguists and anthropologists to refer to the Baniwa, Curripaco, and
Carutana languages of Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia. This name is not used by the peoples themselves.
These three ethnic groups are culturally similar and speak closely related languages, considered by many linguists to make
up their own subcategory of the Arawakan language family, which is consequently called the Karu language group.
Here are links to our webpages about the Karu tribe and language:
Arawakan language family
South American languages
Here are a few good books about the Karus:
Cosmos, Self, and History in Baniwa Religion
Mysteries of the Jaguar Shamans
Languages of the Amazon
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