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Native American Tribes of Nicaragua

This is an index to the Native American language and cultural information on our website pertaining to Nicaraguan Indian tribes. Some pages contain more information than others. If you belong to an indigenous tribe from Nicaragua that is not currently listed on this page and you would like to see it here, please contact us about how to contribute information to our site.

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The original inhabitants of the area that is now Nicaragua include:

The Garifuna Indians
The Mangue Indians
The Mayangna Indians
The Miskito Indians
The Rama Indians
The Subtiaba Indians
The Ulwa Indians

Recommended books about Nicaragua's Native Americans:
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To Die in this Way: Nicaraguan Indians and the Myth of Mestizaje: Interesting book about cultural assimilation in Nicaragua.
*Indian Survival in Colonial Nicaragua: History book about the conquest of Nicaragua's Indian tribes.
*Ethnographical survey of the Miskito and Sumu indians of Honduras and Nicaragua: Anthropology book about the Misumalpan tribes.

Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Nicaragua:

Nicaragua's Indigenous Communities Get Land Titles: Article on the legal rights of Nicaragua Indians.
Hope dries up for Nicaragua's Miskito: Article on the effects of climate change on the Indians of Nicaragua.
Nicaragua and the Indian Revolution: Essay on the uprisings of the Miskito and other Nicaragua tribes during the '80's.

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