Kashinawa (Hantxa Kuin / Huni Kui)

Kashinawa is a Panoan language spoken in parts of Peru and Brazil by about 1,600 people. In Peru it is spoken along the Curanja and Purus rivers, and in Brazil it is spoken in the state of Acre. It is also known as Kaxinawá, Kaxynawa, Caxinawa and Caxinawá, and is closely related to Amahuaca and Shipibo. The dialects of Kashinawa spoken in Peru and Brazil differ somewhat.

Kashinawa-speaking children learn to read and write Kashinawa in school, and about 40% of Kashinawa speakers can read and write their own language. A dictionary of Kashinawa was published in 1980.

Kashinawa alphabet and pronunciation

Kashinawa alphabet and pronunciation

Sample text

Yudabu dasibi jabiaskadi akin, xinantidubuki. Javen taea jau jaibunamenunbunven.


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Information about the Kashinawa language

Panoan languages

Amahuaca, Kashibo, Kashinawa, Matsés, Shipibo, Yaminawa

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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