Arabela is a member of the Zaparoan language family and is spoken by about 50 people in two villages along the Napo tributary of the Arabela river in Peru. It is also known as Chiripuno or Chiripunu, and is closely related to other Zaparoan languages such as Záparo, Andoa and Conambo, all of which are severely endangered.
The language has official status in the areas where it's spoken, and most Arabela speakers also speak Quechua or Spanish. There is no literature in Arabela, though there are some textbooks as it is used in school to some extent.
Pámeere ííñújiri meíjcyame tsá múhójísí pañé ícubáhrádú meíjcyáítyuróne. Pámeere tsahdúré imí meíjcyame mewájyújcatsíñe mépíáábójcatsíiyá tsaatéké éhdííválletúmé éhne múu mépañétúéné nahbémuma meíjcyadu.
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)
Information about Arabela
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