Mandahuaca

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Arihini, Cunipusana, Ihini, Maldavaca, Mandauaca, Mandawaka, Mitua, Yavita
Population

3,000 (1975 G. Indigenista). The size of the ethnic group is not clear since the usually cited number of 3,000 (1975 G. Indigenista) probably includes Baré [bae], Baniva [bwi] and Mandahuaca (Crevels 2007).

Location

Colombia border, extreme southwest, Amazonas, east of Baré [bae] language area on Baria river and Casiquiare canal.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

Related to Yabarana [yar].

Language Use

Possibly extinct.

Other Comments

’Baré’ is a cover term for separate languages: Baré [bae], Mandahuaca, Guarekena [gae], Baniwa [bwi], Piapoco [pio]. Sometimes considered a dialect of Baré [bae].