Wajiara

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A language of Colombia

Alternate Names
Juriti, Juriti-Tapuia, Juruti, Luruty-Tapuya, Patsoka, Totsoca, Wadzana, Waijiara masa-wadyana, Waikana, Waimasá, Wayhara, Yuriti, Yuruti, Yuruti-Tapuya, Yurutiye
Population

1,100 in Colombia (2011 SIL), increasing. Population total all countries: 1,150. Few monolinguals.

Location

Upper Paca river (tributary of the Papurí river), Caño Yi river (tributary of the Vaupes river), and Caño Tuy river (tributary of the Vaupés river).

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Language Use

Vigorous. Positive attitudes. Spanish [spa] and Wajiara used in schools and Spanish in government contexts. Eastern Tucanoan languages within the region are learned. Tucano [tuo] is predominant along the Pacá and Caño Yi rivers. Used as L2 by Waimaha [bao].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15%–20%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–40% in Spanish [spa]. 10% can write Wajiara. Bible portions: 1985–1986.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Marriage patterns require spouses to be from different language groups. Children speak the languages of both parents and grandparents, but identify with the father’s language. Ethnic autonym: Wajiara, fish people. Yuriti and Juriti are incorrect spellings.

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