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Jirajara Language (Jirajaras)

Language: Jirajara was a Jirajaran language once spoken in Venezuela.
It had SVO word order. The Jirajara language has not been spoken since the early 1900's. There are still people of Jirajara ancestry in Venezuela today, but the Jirajara Indians were displaced and resettled in missions together with indigenous people from other tribes, where they lost their languages and assimilated. For this reason, there is no Jirajara tribe today, and little traditional Jirajara culture is still practiced.

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Our Jirajara Language Materials

Jirajara Words:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Jirajara language, with comparison to words in other Jivaroan languages.
Jirajara Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animals in the Jirajara language.
Jirajara Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Jirajara.
Jirajara Food:
    Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Jirajara language.

Jirajara Language Resources

Lengua Hirahara
    Brief information on the Jirajara language. Page in Spanish.
Jirajara Language Tree:
    Theories about Jirajara's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Jirajara Language Structures:
    Jirajara linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Jirajara Culture and History Links

Map of Precolumbian Venezuela * Jirajaran Language Map:
    Maps showing the original location of the Ayaman and Jirajara tribes.
Los indios Ayomanes, JiraJaras y Gayones
    Ethnography of the Jirajara Indians, with photographs. Page in Spanish.

Books for sale on the Jirajaras

Native Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Jirajaran:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Jirajaran languages.
  Los Jirajaraes * Los Jirajara * Los Jirajaraes:
  Information about the Jirajaraes in Spanish.

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