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Tariano Indian Language (Tariana)

Tariano is an Arawakan language of South America, spoken by 100 people in northwestern Brazil. There are still Tariana people in Colombia as well, but they have merged with the Tucano people and speak Tucano today.

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Our Online Tariano Materials

Tariano Vocabulary:
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Tariano language, with comparison to words in other Arawakan languages.
Tariano Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Tariano words.
Tariano Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Tariana language.
Tariano Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Tariano language.
Tariano Numbers:
     Worksheet showing how to count in the Tariano language.

Tariano Language Resources

House of Languages: Tariana:
    Information about Tariana language usage.
Tariano Language:
     Demographic information on Tariano from the Ethnologue of Languages.
La Lengua Tariana:
     Tariano language information including a linguistic map of South America. Page in Spanish.
Telling the Truth in Tariana:
     Article on Tariana language preservation, usage, and sociolinguistics.
Tariana Language Tree:
    Theories about Tariana's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Tariana Language Structures:
    Tariana linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
For Want of a Word:
    Interview with linguist Alexandra Aikhenvald about the Baré and Tariana languages.

Tariano Culture and History Links

The Tariana:
     Articles on Tariana history and culture, including a collection of tribal photographs.
The Tariana Tribe:
    Online ethnography of the Tarianas of Brazil.
Iauaretê: Waterfall of the Jaguars * Iauaretê: Waterfall of the Jaguars:
    Short documentary about the Tariano Indians of Brazil and their preservation of traditional ways of life.
Los Tariano:
    Information about the Tarianos in Spanish.

Books for sale on the Tarianos
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A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia:
     Linguistics book on the Tariana language for sale.

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