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Simba Guarani (Western Bolivian Guarani)

Simba is one of the subgroups of the Guarani nation of South America, and also the name of their dialect of the indigenous Guarani language. The Simba language is different enough from other forms of Guarani that many linguists consider it a distinct language. Simba is spoken by about 7000 people in Bolivia.

The name "Simba" refers to the braided hairstyle worn by the men of this band (different from neighboring Guarani communities, where men shaved part of their hair.) They are also known as the Bolivian Guarani or Western Bolivian Guarani.

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Simba Guarani Language Links

Human Rights: Bolivian Guarani:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Western Bolivian Guarani language.
Words of Life: Western Bolivian Guarani * The Bible in Western Bolivian Guarani:
    Translations of Bible stories and Christian prayers into the Simba Guarani language.
Guarani Language Tree:
    Theories about Guarani's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Wikipedia: Guaraní:
    Encyclopedia article on Guarani and its dialects.

Books for sale on the Simba Guarani
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*Peoples of the Gran Chaco:
    Book of essays on the Guarani and other Chacoan tribes of the South American interior.

Maps of Simba Guarani Lands

Bolivian Language Map:
    Map showing the location of the Simba people ("Western Bolivian Guarani") in Bolivia.

Simba Indian Lifestyle and Traditions

Museo Guarani:
    Homepage of the Guarani museum in Bolivia.
Guarani Indian Legends:
    Collection of Guarani legends and folktales.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: Simba Guarani:
  Bibliography of Guarani language resources.
  Wikipedia: Western Bolivian Guarani:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Simba Indians.
  Comunidad Indigena Simba Guarani * Los Ava, Inoceños y Simba * Guaraní Occidental Boliviano:
  Information about the Simba tribe and their language in Spanish.



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