Nukak Makú


A language of Colombia

Alternate Names
Guaviare, Macusa, Nukak

390 (Crevels 2012). 200 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 390 (Crevels 2012).


Jungle region between Guaviare and Inírida rivers, up to Mapiripan. Near Charco Caimán.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Sometimes considered the same language as Kakua [cbv] as they share a large percentage of their lexicon and supposedly are mutually intelligible (Crevels 2007).

Language Use

Used by all. Positive attitudes. A few also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 0%. Literacy projects in place.

Other Comments

Evasive hunters.

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