Huarijio (Warihío)

Huarijio is an Uto-Aztecan language spoken in northwest Mexico, in the states of Chihuahua and Sonora. According to the 2010 census, there are 2,136 speakers of Huarijio, which is also known as Guarijío, Maculái, Macurawe, Macurái, Varihío, Varijío, Varohio or Vorijío.

There are two varieties of Huarijio: Mountain Guarijio (guarijío de la sierra) and River Guarijio (guarijío del río). Mountain Guarijio is spoken in Chihuahua, mainly in eastern Uruachi municipality, and around Arechuyvo, and the speakers call themselves warihó. River Guarijio is spoken in Sonora, mainly in Río Mayo basin in Álamos municipality, and the speakers call themselves macurawe or makulái. There are few differences between these varieties, however there is little contact between the two groups of speakers, and they say they have difficulty understand each other.

There are Huarijio language programmes on radio station based in Etchojoa in Sonora.

Huarijio alphabet and pronunciation

Huarijio alphabet and pronunciation


Download an alphabet chart for Huarijio

Sample text

Ahcipú rehká erehká ho'ínare ki'á puhkerígo cohkiná ehkóre mocikáme, ereká. Tesiwá erirírasibori, egisábori, Ihí tamó nesérori. Sopárirasibori, i'ká ka'é wa'ámi mocikáme, tesiwá nogaká mocikáme.


This is how it began long ago in the beginning, from those that lived before. He was sad, when it happened. This one who is caring for us. He finished them off, these earlier people who where there, who were existing in sadness.

Source: Guarijío gramática, textos y vocabulario

Sample text provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample video in Huarijio


Information about the Huarijio language

Uto-Aztecan languages

Comanche, Cora, Hopi, Huarijio, Huichol, Ivilyuat / Cahuilla, Kawaiisu, Luiseño, Mayo, Mono, O'odham, Nahuatl, Nawat (Pipil), Northern Paiute, Serrano, Shoshone, Southern Paiute, Tarahumara, Tepehuán (Northern), Tepehuán (Southeastern), Tepehuán (Southwestern), Timbisha, Tongva, Yaqui

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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