Matsés

Matsés is a Panoan language spoken by about 2,200 people mainly in northwestern Brazil and northeastern Peru, and also in northern Boliva. In Brazil it is spoken in the Vale do Javari and Marajaí indigenous territories in the Amazonas Region, and in Peru it is spoken in the Loreto Region. Matsés is spoken by people of all ages, and most speakers are monolingual, although younger people are increasingly learning Spanish or Portuguese.

The name Matsés means "people" or "indigenous people". In Brazil, Matsés is known as Mayoruna, which means "river people", from Quechua mayu (river) and runa (people). It was declared an official language of Amazonas Region in Brazil in 2023.

Matsés alphabet and pronunciation

Matsés alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Matsés (Excel)

Sample text

Chidon tishaido yec matses abitedimbo bëdamboec isnanac bëdambo ictsiash. Chieshnanac icsambo ictsiash. Abitedimbo bëdamboec tabadac bëdambo ictsiash. Shubu abentsëcquidën tabadac birnboec abitedi tabadac bëdambo ictsiash - quequin chuipanëdash nidaid abitedinoësh cho-choquidon.

Translation

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)

Sample videos

Links

Information about the Matsés language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsé_language
https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Língua_matsé
https://pib.socioambiental.org/pt/Povo:Matsés
https://lingweb.eva.mpg.de/channumerals/Matses.htm
http://www.language-archives.org/language/mcf
https://www.sil.org/resources/search/language/mcf
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/30489170_A_Grammar_of_Matses

Panoan languages

Amahuaca, Kashibo, Kashinawa, Matsés, Shipibo, Yaminawa

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 25.03.24. Last modified: 25.03.24

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