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Pajonal

"Pajonal" is the name of one of the major varieties of the Asheninka language. There is disagreement among linguists about how many of the varieties of the Ashaninka/Asheninka language are distinct languages versus dialects of a single language. Many people consider Gran Pajonal Asheninka to be a language of its own, while others consider it a dialect of a broader Asheninka language. Conversely, some people consider Pichis and Perene to be dialects of Pajonal Asheninka, while others consider all three to be Asheninka dialects or all three to be distinct languages in an Asheninka language family.


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Pajonal is not an Asheninka name; it is a Spanish word for scrublands. In Peru, the Gran Pajonal is a placename referring to the plateau between the Andes Mountains and the Ucayali River, which was traditionally inhabited primarily by Asheninka people. The native people of this region are therefore often known as Gran Pajonal Asheninkas or Gran Pajonal Campas. ("Campa" is a Quechua name for the Asheninkas, which is less preferred by them than their own name.)


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

 Pajonal language
 Asheninka
 Asheninka pronunciation
 Arawakan language family
 South American Indian tribes
 Amazon jungle people

Here are links to more Internet resources about the Pajonal Indians:
 Ashéninka Pajonal Language
 Campa Pajonal Asheninca
 Gran Pajonal

And here are a few good books about the Pajonals:
 Asheninka Stories of Change
 Asheninka Pajonal New Testament
 Salt of the Mountain: Campa Ashaninka History and Resistance in the Peruvian Jungle
 Upper Perené Arawak Narratives of History, Landscape, and Ritual



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