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Terena Indian Language
Terena is an Arawakan language of South America,
spoken by 15,000 people in Brazil. Like other Southern Arawakan languages, Terena is polysynthetic, agglutinative, and
uses verb-initial sentence structure (usually VOS).
Our list of vocabulary words in the Terena language, with comparison to words in other Arawakan languages.
Languages of Southern Brazil:
Map showing where in South America the Terena language is spoken.
Tribes of the Gran Chaco:
Historical map of the Chaco Plain showing the original location of the Tereno tribe at the time of first contact.
Language Museum: Terêna:
Translation of a Bible passage into Terena.
House of Languages: Terena:
Information about Terena language usage.
Demographic information on Terena from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Brief Wikipedia article on this Brazilian language.
Terena Language Tree:
Theories about Terena's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Terêna Language Structures:
Terena linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
La Lengua Terena:
Information on Terena including a linguistic map of South America. Page in Spanish.
The Terena of Brazil:
Online ethnography of the Terena Indians.
Article on the history and traditions of the Terena tribe.
Tribes of Southern Brazil:
Map showing where the Terena people live in Brazil.
Oral history from Terena elders. Page in Portuguese.
Books for sale on the Terenas
The Terena and Caduveo of Southern Mato Grosso, Brazil:
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Anthropology book on the Terena and Caduveo tribes.
Comparative Arawakan Histories:
Interesting book about the history and culture of the Arawak speaking tribes.
Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Os Terena Os Índios Terena e a Guerra contra o Paraguai:
Information about the Terenas in Portuguese.
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