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Ngabere Indian Language (Guaymi, Chiriqui)

Ngabere is a Chibchan language of Central America, spoken by 150,000 people in Panama and Costa Rica. Like most Chibchan languages, Ngabere is a tone language with SOV word order. In Panama, the Ngöbe and their kinfolk the Buglé have joined into a single Ngöbe-Buglé tribe.

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Ngabere Language Resources

Ngabere Words
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Guaymi language, with comparison to words in other Chibchan languages.
Ngabere Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Ngabere words.
Indigenous Languages in Costa Rica: * Costa Rican Language Map:
    Maps showing where the Ngabere language was spoken in the past and today.
Kugwe Ngäbere:
    Online Spanish-Ngabere glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Language Museum: Guaymi:
    Bible passage in the Guaymi language.
House of Languages: Guaymí:
    Information about Guaymi language usage.
Ngabere Language
     Demographic information on Ngabere from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Movere Language Tree:
    Theories about Guaymi's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Ngäbere Language Structures:
    Ngäbere linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Guaymi Grammar And Dictionary With Some Ethnological Notes:
    Linguistics book for sale on the Guaymi language.

Ngabere Culture and History Links

Cultures of Costa Rica
     Map showing the location of the Guaymi and other indigenous Costa Rican tribes.
Costa Rica Eta Panama * Language map of Panama:
    Maps showing where in Central America Ngabere is spoken.
Ngawbe Culture:
    Articles on the history and traditions of the Ngabere tribe.
Guaymi Tribe:
    Overview of Guaymi culture and history.
    Online ethnography of the Guaymi Indians.
Panama Indigenous People:
    History of the Guaymi tribe and other Panama Indians.

Books for sale on the Ngabes
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Conditions Not of Their Choosing The Guaymi Indians and Mining Multinationals in Panama:
    Book on the Guaymi struggle for social justice.
Guaymi Grammar And Dictionary With Some Ethnological Notes:
    Book on the language and history of the Guaymis.

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Additional Resources, Links, and References

  Endangered Languages Project: Guaymi:
Bibliography of Ngabere language resources.
La idioma Ngäbere * Guaymí People * Guaymi:
Encyclopedia articles on the Ngabe Indians and their language.
  Lengua Mobe:
  Information about the Ngäbere language in Spanish.

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