Kuruáya

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Caravare, Curuaia, Kuruaia
Population

3 (Moore 2006). Ethnic population: 130 (2006 FUNASA). 115 (2002) in Cajueiro village (Crevels 2007).

Location

Para State, Altamira Municipality, on right bank of Curuá River, Terra Indígena Curuá, Cajueiro village; Terra Indígena Xipaia, Altamira town.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Language Use

8 elders in the city speak either Kuruaya or Xipaya [xiy]. Shifted to Portuguese [por]. Elderly speakers. People in Cajueiro village speak Portuguese [por] and only know a few words of their mother tongue (Crevels 2007).

Other Comments

In Altamira, Kuruaya and Xipaya [xiy] are sometimes considered a single ethnic group due to intermarriage. This complicates a precise demographic (2007 census).