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Native American Tribes of Ecuador

This is an index to the Native American information on our website pertaining to Ecuador Indian tribes and the languages they speak. Some pages contain more information than others. If you belong to an indigenous tribe from Ecuador that is not currently listed on this page and you would like to see it here, please contact us about contributing information to our site.



The original inhabitants of the area that is now Ecuador include:

The Achuar and Shiwiar Indians
The Awa-Cuaiquer Indians
The Cara Indians
The Chachi Indians
The Cofan Indians
The Pasto Indians
The Quichua Indians
The Secoya Indians
The Shuar Indians
The Siona Indians
The Tsafiki Indians
The Waorani (Auca) Indians
The Zaparo Indians

Recommended books about Ecuador's Native Americans:

Life and Death in Early Colonial Ecuador: Interesting book about the post-Columbian history of the Indians of Ecuador.
Highland Indians and the State in Modern Ecuador: History of the modern indigenous rights movement in Ecuador.
*Blood, Revenge, War and Victory Feasts Among the Jibara Indians of Eastern Ecuador: An anthropology book on the Jibaras.

Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Ecuador:

Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador: Advocacy group representing the indigenous peoples of Ecuador.
Sumak Allpa: Native Ecuadorian organization working to preserve indigenous culture.
Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador: Article dealing with the various Ecuadorian Indian tribes.
Languages of Ecuador: Map showing where Ecuador's languages are spoken.
Native American Nations in Northern South America: Information and photographs of the Quechua and other tribes in this region.
Inca History of Ecuador: Article on the history of the Incan empire in Ecuador, with pictures of Inca ruins.
Citizens, Indians and Women: Article on the sociological challenges that have faced the Indians of Ecuador since the 1880's.



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