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Wapishana

A language of Guyana

ISO 639-3wap

Population  6,000 in Guyana (2000 J. Forte). Population total all countries: 12,500.
Region  Southwest Guyana, south of the Kanuku Mountains, northwest of the Waiwai; a few villages. Also in Brazil.
Language map  Guyana
Alternate names   Uapixana, Vapidiana, Wapichan, Wapichana, Wapisana, Wapishshiana, Wapisiana, Wapitxana, Wapixana
Dialects  Amariba. Lexical similarity: 10% with Mapidian [mpw].
Classification  Arawakan, Maipuran, Northern Maipuran, Wapishanan
Language use  Amariba dialect may have no remaining speakers. Also use English.
Language development  Bible portions: 1975–1994.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Their own name for the people is ‘Wapichana’ or ‘Wapichan’. Swidden agriculturalists: cassava. Traditional religion, Christian.

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Brazil

Language name   Wapishana
Population  6,500 in Brazil (2000 ISA).
Region  Roraima.
Language map  Brazil, reference number 55
Alternate names  Uapixana, Vapidiana, Wapishiana, Wapisiana, Wapixiana, Wapixiána
Dialects  Amariba, Atorai.
Language use  Amariba dialect may have no remaining speakers. Some also use Portuguese.
Comments  The dialect Atorai is not the same as the language Waimiri-Atroarí [atr].