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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.

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Meinaku Language Resources

Meinaku Words
     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.
Meinaku Language:
     Demographic information on Meinaku from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Waurá-Meinaku Language Tree:
    Theories about Meinaku's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.

Meinaku Culture and History Links

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.
Mehinaku Culture:
    Articles on the history and traditions of the Mehinaku tribe.
Mehinaku Indians:
    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
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The Mehinaku: The Drama of Daily Life in a Brazilian Indian Village:
    Interesting book about Mehinaku culture and society.
Comparative Arawakan Histories:
    Antrhopology book about the history and culture of the Arawak speaking tribes.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Mehinaku:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Mehinaku tribe.
  Povo Mehinako * Mehinaku * Os Meinacos:
  Information about the Meinakus in Portuguese.



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