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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Shebayo Words

Welcome to our Shebayo vocabulary page! Shebayo is an Arawakan language, related to other languages like Guajiro and Lokono. We have included twenty basic Shebayo words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. If you need to know a Shebayo word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our Native American Indian words fundraiser or visit our main Shebayo language site for more free resources.

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Shebayo Word Set

Shebayo has long been extinct, so our only records of the language are wordlists recorded in the 17th and 18th century. Here are some words from two historical wordlists, from wordlists by Loukotka and de Laet: Wadaköli
English/Français/Español Shebayo words
Sun/Soleil/Sol Wekulüe (Loukotka) Wecoelije (de Laet)
Moon/Lune/Luna Kirtrirre (Loukotka) Kyrtzyrre (de Laet)
Head/Tete/Cabeza Wakewüri (Loukotka) Wackewijrrij (de Laet)
Eye/Oeil/Ojo Noeyeri (Loukotka) Noeyerii (de Laet)
Teeth/Dents/Dientes Wadaköli (Loukotka) Wadacoely (de Laet)
Father/Pere/Padre Heja (de Laet)
Mother/Mere/Madre Hamma (de Laet)
Tree/Arbre/Arbol Ataly (de Laet)

Click here to see Shebayo vocabulary words compared to words in related Arawakan languages: Arawakan Indian Words

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