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Ika (Arhuaco) Language
Ika is a Chibchan language of South America.
Ika is spoken by 10,000 people in the mountains of northern Colombia. It has complex morphology and SOV word order.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Ika/Arhuaco language, with comparison to words in other Chibchan languages.
Ika Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Ika words.
Ika Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Ika language.
Northern Colombia Language Map:
Map showing where in South America the Arhuaco language is spoken.
Linguistic chart of phonemes in the Ika language.
Ika/Arhuaco language information. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Arhuaco
Information about Arhuaco language usage.
Demographic information on Arhuaco/Ika from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Encyclopedia article on the Arhuaco language including a phonological inventory.
Bíntucua Language Tree:
Theories about Arhuaco's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Ika Language Structures:
Ika linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Book on the Ika language available for sale online. (Amazon affiliate link)
Keepers of the World
Article about the Kogui, Wiwa, and Arhuaco Indians and their efforts to protect their sacred mountain home.
Arhuaco Indians Under Siege
Article about the effects of internal Colombian violence on the Arhuaco people. With pictures.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Encyclopedia articles about the Ika people.
Los indios arhuaco Los Ika El Pueblo Ika Arhuaco de Colombia Los ika y los wiwa:
Information about the Ika tribe in Spanish.
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