Cuiba

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A language of Colombia

Alternate Names
Chiricoa, Cuiba-Wámonae, Cuiva, Hiwi, Maiben
Population

2,200 in Colombia (Civallero 2008). Population total all countries: 2,850. 1,500 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 2,280 (Crevels 2007).

Location

Arauca Department, Cravo Norte municipality; Casanare Department, Capanaparo rivers and tributaries, El Merey, Esmeralda, Santa María, Betania, Mochuelo, San José de Ariporo; also in Vichada Department along south bank of Meta river.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Amaruwa (Amorua), Chiricoa, Chiripo (Siripu, Wupiwi), Masiware (Masiguare), Mayayero, Mochuelo-Casanare-Cuiba, Tampiwi (Mariposas), Yarahuuraxi-Capanapara. 8 dialects in Venezuela and Colombia.

Language Use

Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 45%. Literacy rate in L2: 45%. Grammar. NT: 1988–2010.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Seminomadic bands.

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