Huitoto, Murui

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Bue, Witoto
Population

1,000 in Peru (1995 SIL), decreasing. 1,130 Huitoto in Peru (Crevels 2007). Population total all countries: 7,800. Very few monolinguals.

Location

Loreto Region, Ampiyacu, Putumayo, and Napo rivers; north of Amazon river between Iquitos, Peru and Leticia, Colombia south, Caquetá river north.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).

Dialects

Mica.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Shifting to Spanish [spa]. Children acquire Huitoto but many of them do not use the language (Crevels 2007). Written and oral use in religious services. Also use Bora [boa], Spanish [spa]. Used as L2 by Bora [boa], Nüpode Huitoto [hux], Ocaina [oca], Resígaro [rgr].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. 95% of those under 40 are literate. Recognized by government for school use. Dictionary. NT: 1978–2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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