A language of Colombia

Alternate Names
Caca Weranos, Chimile, Ette Ennaka, Ette Taara, San Jorge, Shimizya, Simiza

350 (2009 T. Malone), increasing. Ethnic population: 1,500 (2009 T. Malone).


Cesar department: Valle du Par minicipality; La Guajira department: La Jagua del Pilar and Urumita municipalities; Magdalena department: lowlands south and west of Fundación.

Language Maps
Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. Very few children speak Chimila. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 1%–2%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%. Bible portions: 2009.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

2 major separated groups.

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