Baniwa is a member of the Arawakan language spoken in
Brazil and Venezuela by about 6,000 people. The majority
of speakers can be found in the municipality São Gabriel
da Cachoeira in Amazonas State in the northwest of Brazil,
where the language has official status. In Venezuela it
is spoken between the Curipaco and Guarequena Rivers
along the Colombia border.
The language is also known as Baniba, Baniua do Içana,
Baniva, Dakenei, Issana, Kohoroxitari and Maniba, and
has numerous dialects.