Aguaruna is a Chicham language spoken in northern Peru by about 53,000 people. The speakers live along the Marañón, Porto, Mayo and Cahuapanas rivers in the Amazonas, Cajamarca, Loreto and San Martin regions.
Aguaruna is also known as Awajún, Aents, Aguajún, Aguaruna, Ahuajún, Awajunt. is a recognized language in Peru, according to the 1993 constitution. It is written with the Latin alphabet, and 60-90% of Aguaruna speakers are literate in their language.
Aguaruna-speaking children are taught in their native language in school at first, then Spanish is gradually introduced.
Nujínmayã dasẽ etsajaĩ chichainak dik yakĩ imá sénchita aents íjag shig penúmag nagkaẽma nunásh yakĩ awímitkat, nunû dekás atí imá senchígtinuk tusa tudáiyajũ. Tusa chichaság nagkánmauwaik dasẽ senchi dásentuk umpuútan nagkamaũ dútikamash aents íjagka duka áyatak an senchi penúmajũ ánkamtai nujínmayã dáseg jûnik wajantú. Tújamtaĩ etsáshkam antsag shig senchi etsantúg wajasú, nunikmataĩ aents íjagka duka waámkes jãsh nugkuágmãujinak kutút ukuímak wajasú. Ánkamtai nujínmayã dáseg wainkáu etsa imá sénchigtinun.
The North Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger, when a traveler came along wrapped in a warm cloak. They agreed that the one who first succeeded in making the traveler take his cloak off should be considered stronger than the other. Then the North Wind blew as hard as he could, but the more he blew the more closely did the traveler fold his cloak around him; and at last the North Wind gave up the attempt. Then the Sun shined out warmly, and immediately the traveler took off his cloak. And so the North Wind was obliged to confess that the Sun was the stronger of the two.
Ashi aents aidauk agkan akinui, betek eme anentsa aentsmasa diyam atanmash, tuja aents anentaibau, aents dutikatasa wakej amu yupichu dutimainnum, tuja ni wakejamun takakush tikish bakushminnum, nuniak tikish aidaujaish shiig yatsuta anmamut ati tusa.
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)
Details of Aguaruna supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum, with corrections by Wolfram Siegel
Information about the Aguaruna language
Page last modified: 25.03.23
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