Awa Pit / Cuaiquer

Awa Pit is a Barbacoan language spoken mainly in Colombia, and also in Ecuador, by about 14,100 Awa-Kwaiker people. In 2008 there were about 12,000 speakers of Awa Pit in southern Colombia, mainly in Barbacoas Municipality in Nariño Department. In 2011 there were about 2,100 Awa Pit speakers in Carchi and Esmeraldas provinces in northern Ecuador. The majority of Awa-Kwaiker men speak Awa Pit and Spanish. Most Awa-Kwaiker women and children are monolingual in Awa Pit. Very few people can read and write the language.

Awa pit is also known as Awa, Awapit, Cuaiquer, Coaiquer, Quaiquer or Kwaiker. It is distantly related to Chachi and Colorado, which are both spoken in Ecuador.

Awa Pit alphabet and pronunciation

Awa Pit alphabet and pronunciation

The + sign in the sample text represents the sound [ɨ].

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Sample text in Awa Pit

Maza wantuz awa m+jan wuantuz nitchatpa karakas m+nkaskachapmuchi Mamaz kualtuz puchakas awapit relionkaz upini6nkaz politikakaz mamaztusne indulekaz nacionalkaz socialkaz posicionkaz pialkaz chikta mamaztuskaz kunticionkaz.

Suntakaz sarawai tisticionkaz chiwuasha kunticionkaz jurftika internacionalkaz paiskaz territuiukas mamaz kupairuwai p+na kaiztawuai intepetientene purai atministracionne autunumukaz napt+t chiwuashai limitaciónkaz superaniakaz


Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
(Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


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Information about the Awa Pit language

Barbacoan languages

Awa Pit, Cha'palaa(chi), Guambiano, Tsafiki

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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