Iquito

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Amacacore, Hamacore, Ikito, Iquita, Puca-Uma, Quiturran
Population

35 (2002 SIL), decreasing. 1 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 230 (Crevels 2007).

Location

Loreto Region, Pintoyacu, Nanay, and Chambira rivers; San Antonia and Atalaya.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

Pintuyacu. Reportedly similar to Cahuarano [cah].

Language Use

Older adults. Negative attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 75%. Bible portions: 1963–2002.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

In 1958–1966 there were 100 speakers on the verge of extinction and acculturation to Spanish-speaking society. Children understood but did not speak, adults were bilingual with Spanish, older people understood Spanish, but only spoke Iquito. Speakers died from measles, whooping cough, and pneumonia. The rubber boom and landowner (patron) system had devastating effects. Christian (Roman Catholic).