Shuar

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A language of Ecuador

Alternate Names
Chiwaro, “Jibaro” (pej.), Jivaro, Shuara, Xivaro
Population

35,000 (2007 CODENPE).

Location

Between Pastaza and Marañón rivers, east of Cuenca City.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in Morona Santiago Province (2008, Constitution, Article 2).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use Spanish [spa]. Used as L2 by Achuar-Shiwiar [acu].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2010.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Different from Achuar Jívaro [acu] of Peru. Preferred ethnic autonym: Shuar. Traditional religion, Christian.