Akurio is a Cariban language spoken by about 10 in the southeast
of Suriname. First outisde contact with the Akurio tribe, who currently
number about 50, was made by a Dutch expedition exploring the border
between Suriname and Brazil in 1937. THe Akurio live in the villages
of Tëpu, Kwamalasamutu and Palumeu and along the Tapanahoni and
Sipaliwini rivers. Only a small number of tribal elders speak
Akurio, and the majority of tribe speak Tiriyó,
a related language.
Akurio is an oral language that is rarely written. When it is written,
a version of the Latin alphabet devised by missionaries is used.
Yiriba na bà sikindo dare bà mɛɛri, da seena
yirimma mii bà ta da i nɛki bà tɔɔba.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)