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Ngäbere

A language of Panama

ISO 639-3gym

Population  128,000 in Panama (1990 census). Population total all countries: 133,090.
Region  Northeastern Chiriqui, Bocas del Toro, western Veraguas, western provinces. Also in Costa Rica.
Language map  Panama
Alternate names   Chiriqui, Guaymí, Ngobere, Valiente
Dialects  Valiente, Eastern Guaymí (Tolé, Chiriquí).
Classification  Chibchan, Guaymi
Language use  Some also use English Creole [jam].
Language development  Radio programs. NT: 1977–2004.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  ‘Ngäbere’ is language name preferred by speakers, ‘Ngäbe’ for themselves. SOV. Swidden agriculturalists; hunters; fishermen.

Also spoken in:

Costa Rica

Language name   Ngäbere
Population  5,090 in Costa Rica (2000). Ethnic population: 5,360 (2000).
Language map  Costa Rica
Alternate names  Guaymí