Cubeo (pãmié)

Cubeo is a Tucanoan language spoken by about 6,300 people mainly in Colombia. Cubeo speakers can be found in the Vaupés department along the Vaupés, Cuduyarí and Querarí rivers and their tributaries in Colombia, and also in Brazil and Venezuela.

There are three dialects of Cubeo which differ mainly in the pronunciation of some vowels, and also in some vocabulary.

Cubeo alphabet and pronunciation

Cubeo alphabet and pronunciation

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Aru Jesús arejamed̶a náre: Mʉja jẽniaivʉ Jʉ̃menijicʉque yópe ajarã: “Mʉ, ñʉjepacʉ, meacʉ bajubu mʉ. Que baru caivʉ põeva mʉre pued̶arĩ mearore jíjarãri. Bʉ́re d̶ajacʉ mʉ mi jabotequiyede põevare.
  2. Jíjacʉ ñʉjare jãravʉa coapa ñʉje ãiyeva.
  3. Aru ãrʉmetejacʉ ñʉje ãmeina teiyede yópe ñʉja máre ñʉje ãrʉmeteiyepe caiye apevʉ ne ãmeina d̶aiyede ñʉjaque. Ñai abujuvai jabocʉi jʉjovajʉroede ñʉjare vainí tʉicõjemejacʉ ñʉjare, ñʉje d̶abenajiyepe ãmenore”, arejamed̶a náre Jesús.



  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


Information about Cubeo | Tower of Babel in Cubeo


Information about Cubeo

Gramática del Cubeo (PDF)

Tucanoan languages

Carapana, Cubeo, Desano, Guanano, Secoya, Tucano, Tuyuca, Yurutí

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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