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

1,100 in Colombia (2011 SIL), increasing. Few monolinguals.


Vaupés department: Upper Paca river (Papurí river tributary); Caño Yi and Caño Tuy rivers (Vaupes river tributaries).

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Language Status

5* (Developing).

Language Use

Vigorous. Positive attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa], in schools and government contexts. Also use Tucano [tuo], especially 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.


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.

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