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Guajiro Indian Language (Wayuu)

Guajiro is an Arawakan language of South America, spoken by more than 200,000 people in northern Colombia and Venezuela. Unlike most indigenous languages, use of the Guajiro language is increasing today. Like most Arawakan languages, Guajiro is polysynthetic and has VSO word order.

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Our Online Guajiro Materials

Guajiro Words
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Guajiro language, with comparison to words in other Arawakan languages.
Guajiro Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Guajiro words.
Guajiro Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Wayuu language.
Guajiro Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Wayuu language.
Guajiro Numbers:
     Worksheet showing how to count in the Wayuu language.

Guajiro Language Resources

Wayuu Alphabet:
    Phonological inventory of Guajiro, with a sample text.
Wayuu Language * Wayuu Linguistic Description * Wayuu Orthography * Wayuu Phonology * Wayuu Text:
    Scanned-in Wayuu language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Diccionario Wayuunaiki:
    Online Spanish-Wayuu glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Human Rights: Wayuu:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Wayuu language.
Guajiro Prayers:
    Guajiro translation of the Hail Mary Prayer.
House of Languages: Wayś:
    Information about Wayuu language usage.
Wayuu Language:
     Demographic information on Guajiro from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Wayunaiki:
     Guajiro pronunciation, grammar, and wordlists. Page in Spanish.
Guajiro Language Tree:
    Theories about Wayuu language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Goajiro Language Structures:
    Guajiro linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
La Lengua Wahiro:
     Guajiro language information including a linguistic map of South America. Page in Spanish.

Guajiro Culture and History Links

The Guajiro Tribe:
     Articles on Guajiro history and culture.
The Wayśu:
     Cultural information and photographs of the Guajiro Indians from an organization supporting indigenous Venezuelans.
Goajiro Tribe:
    History and culture of the Wayuu people.
Guajiro Legends:
    Collection of Guajiro Indian mythology and folktales.
Guajiro Authors:
    Guajiro writers, their lives and work.

Books for sale on the Guajiros

Wayuu: People of the Columbian Desert:
     A beautifully illustrated book on Guajiro culture and traditions.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Wayuu: * Wikipedia: Guajiro
  Encyclopedia entires about the Guajiro Indian people and their language.
  Cultura Wayuu * Los Wayuu * Los indios wayuu * Los Guajiros * Los Guajiro * Goajiro
  Information about the Guajiro tribe in Spanish.



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