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Motilone

"Motilone" is a general name used to refer to both the Bari and Yukpa tribes of Colombia and Venezuela. The Bari and Yukpa are not actually related to each other-- motilone comes from a Spanish word meaning "shaved head," and both Bari and Yukpa men traditionally wore their hair this way. The Yukpas have sometimes been known as "Motilones Mansos," and the Baris have sometimes been known as "Motilones Bravos."

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

 Motilon
 Bari
 Yukpa
 Chibchan languages
 Andean civilizations
 Indigenous people of Colombia
 Native South American

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



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