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Kamsa Indian Language

Kamsa is a language of South America. Though some linguists have tried to associate it with the Chibchan language family, Kamsa is generally thought to be a language isolate, unrelated to any other known language.
Kamsa is a polysynthetic language with a complex morphology. It is spoken by about 4000 people in southwest Colombia.

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Kamsa Language Resources

Kamsa Vocabulary:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Kamsa language.
Idioma Camsa:
    Overview of the Camsa language including a phonological inventory. Page in Spanish.
Lengua Kamsa:
    Brief Kamsa language information in Spanish.
Camsa Prayers:
    Kamsa translation of the Lord's Prayer.
House of Languages: Camsá
     Information about Camsá language usage.
Ethnologue: Camsa:
    Demographic information on the Kamsa language.
Camsá Language Tree:
    Theories about Camsa's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Camsá Language Structures:
    Camsa linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Kamsa Culture and History Links

The Sibundoy Valley of Colombia:
    Article on the culture of the Inga and Kamsa tribes of Sibundoy.
About Wangetsmuna:
    Text of a Kamsa legend.

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Books for sale on the Kamsas
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So Wise Were Our Elders: Mythic Narratives from the Kamsa:
    Collection of Kamsa mythology and traditional stories.
Sayings of the Ancestors: The Spiritual Life of the Sibundoy Indians:
    Anthropology book about Sibundoy/Kamsa religion and tribal customs.
Native Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Camsá:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Camsá language.
  Los Kamentsa * Camsá * Los inga y los kamsa:
  Information about the Kamsa tribe in Spanish.

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