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Meinaku Indian Language (Mehinaku)
Meinaku is an Arawakan language of South America.
It is closely related to Waura
and some linguists consider the two to be dialects of a single language.
Meinaku is spoken by a hundred people in Brazil.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Meinaku language, with comparison to words in other Arawakan languages.
La Lengua Waura-Meinaku:
Information on Waura and Meinaku including a linguistic map of South America. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Mehinaku:
Information about Meinaku language usage.
Demographic information on Meinaku from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Waurá-Meinaku Language Tree:
Theories about Meinaku's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Map of Xingu Indigenous Park:
Tribal map of the Xingu, including the location of the Mehinaku tribe.
The Mehinaku of Brazil:
Online ethnography of the Mehinaku tribe including photographs.
Articles on the history and traditions of the Mehinaku tribe.
Introduction to the Mehinaku people of Brazil.
Mehinacu Gender Roles:
Meinaku Indian gender, sex, and childbearing traditions.
Primitive Peoples of Matto Grosso:
Ethnology work from 1931 on the Bororo, Mehinaku and other Central Brazilian tribes.
Books for sale on the Meinakus
The Mehinaku: The Drama of Daily Life in a Brazilian Indian Village:
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Interesting book about Mehinaku culture and society.
Comparative Arawakan Histories:
Antrhopology book about the history and culture of the Arawak speaking tribes.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Encyclopedia articles on the Mehinaku tribe.
Povo Mehinako Mehinaku Os Meinacos:
Information about the Meinakus in Portuguese.
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