A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Hup, Hupda, “Hupdá Makú” (pej.), “Jupdá Macú” (pej.), Jupde, “Macú de Tucano” (pej.), “Makú-Hupdá” (pej.), Ubdé

1,000 in Brazil (Crevels 2007). Population total all countries: 1,240. Ethnic population: 1,000 (Crevels 2007).


Northwest Amazonas, Rio Auari. Also in Colombia.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Hupdë, Nëhup, Tuhup. Ruhlen and others classify it as Puinave, Macro-Tucanoan. Intelligible with Yahup [yab].

Language Use

Vigorous. Almost all men also use Tucano [tuo] or some other Tucanoan language; some women also use some Tucano. Less than 20% of men also use Portuguese [por].

Language Development
Children do not attend school. Where informal schooling is available Hupdë is used as the language of instruction. Dictionary.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Subservient to the Tucano and other Tucanoan Indians. Some nomadic between Brazil and Colombia.

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