Shuar (Shiwar chicham)

Shuar is a Chicham language spoken in the Amazon region of southeastern Ecuador, mainly in the provinces of Morona-Santiago, Pastaza and Zamora Chinchipe. In 2007 there were about 35,000 speakers of Shuar, which is also known as Chiwaro, Jibaro, Jivaro, or Xivaro, however these names are now consider derogatory. The native name of the language, Shiwar chicham, means 'language of humans'.

From the 1968 until 2001 lessons in Spanish and Shuar were broadcast to the scattered Shuar-speaking communities by the Sistema de Educación Radiofónica Bilingüe Intercultural Shuar (SERBISH) or Shuar Intercultural Bilingual Radio Education System. Since 2001 the language has been used in schools, along with Spanish.

Shuar alphabet and pronunciation

Shuar alphabet and pronunciation

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Information compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text in Shuar

Penker inintimsamka mash aintsti ankan, matekrin nuya nii penkerin takakui nii akiniamunmaya tu ausamti aratukmau atinuitji mai matekrak.


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 in Shuar


Information about Shuar

Chicham languages

Achuar-Shiwiar, Aguaruna, Huambisa, Shuar

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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