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Chachi

A language of Ecuador

ISO 639-3cbi

Population  9,500 (2004).
Region  North coastal jungle, Esmeraldas Province, Cayapas River and its tributaries (Onzole, Canandé, Sucio, Cojimíes, and others).
Language map  Ecuador, reference number 5
Alternate names   Cayapa, Cha’ Palaachi
Classification  Barbacoan, Cayapa-Colorado
Language use  Women, older adults, and those living in the isolated headwaters of the river are less bilingual in Spanish.
Language development  Dictionary. NT: 2007.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  The name of the people is ‘Chachi’ singular, ‘Chachilla’ plural. SOV. Swidden agriculturalists: plantain; fishermen: shrimp, fish; hunters. Traditional religion, Christian.