Piaroa

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Dearwa, Deruwa, Uhothha, Uwotjüja, Wo’tiheh
Population

14,500 in Venezuela (2001 census). 2,200 urban; 12,300 rural. Population total all countries: 14,580. Ethnic population: 14,500.

Location

Amazonas, Orinoco river south bank, inland from Paguasa river to Manapiari. Also in Colombia.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Language Use

Because of strong ethnic identity, the language is conserved to a high degree (2007). Also use Maquiritare [mch], Yabarana [yar], or Spanish [spa].

Language Development
NT: 1986–2001.
Writing
Latin script.

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