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Motilon (Motilón)

"Motilon" is an alternate name used to refer to the Bari and Yukpa tribes of Colombia and Venezuela. The Bari and Yukpa are not related to each other and do not speak related languages-- motilón is a Spanish word meaning "shaved head," and both Bari and Yukpa men traditionally wore their hair this way. The Baris have sometimes been known as "Motilones Bravos," and the Yukpas have sometimes been known as "Motilones Mansos."

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

 Bari
 Yukpa
 Chibchan languages
 Andean cultures
 Colombia languages
 Native South American

Here are a few good books about the Motilons:
 The Ecology of the Barí: Rainforest Horticulturalists of South America
 Bruchko and the Motilon Miracle
 The Languages of the Andes
 Los Barí: cultura del pueblo motilón



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