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Macushi Indian Language (Makushi, Makusi)

Language: Macushi is a Cariban language of South America, spoken by 25,000 people in Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela. Macushi is an agglutinative language with complex verb morphology. Word order is fairly free but seems to be primarily SOV.

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Names: In their own language, the Macushi people call themselves Pemon, which just means "people." Variants of the same name are used by several different Carib tribes in this region, so the people also use the name Macushi to refer to their group specifically. Alternate spellings of this name include Macusi, Makushi, and Makusi.

Macushi Language Links

Macushi Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Macushi language, with comparison to words in other Cariban languages.
AILLA: Makushi:
    Archive of Makushi language recordings available for download.
     Macushi language information including a linguistic map of the Carib languages. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Macushi
     Information about Macushi language usage.
Macushi Language
     Demographic information on Macushi from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Makushi Language Tree:
    Theories about Macushi's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Macushi Language Structures:
    Macushi linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
     Article on the Macushi tribe's language and culture.

Macushi Culture and History Links

Makuxi and Wapishana Indians on the Brazil–Guyana Border
     Online photo-essay of the Makuxi tribe and other indigenous communities.
Macushi Indian Legends
     Collection of Macushi myths and legends.
Religions of Native South Americans:
    Online texts about Witoto, Arawak, and Macushi mythology and religious traditions..
    Article and photographs on the Makusi culture.

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Makusipe Komanto Iseru: Sustaining Makushi way of life:
     Fascinating book on Macushi culture and traditions.

Links, References, and Additional Information

  Povo Makuxi * Os Macuxi:
  Information about the Macushi people in Portuguese.
  Los Makuxi * Idioma Macushí:
  Information about the Macushi people and their language in Spanish.

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