Yucuna (Jukuna)

Yucuna is a Northern Maipurean or Arawakan language spoken in the south of Colombia along the Mirití-Paraná River, a tributary of the Caquetá River, particularly in the Puerto Santander municipality of the Amazonas department, and in the west of the Caqueta department. In 2012 there were about 770 speakers of Yucuna, which is also known as Matapi, Yucuna-Matapí, Yukuna or Yukunais.

Yucuna is written with a version of the Latin alphabet, although few Yucuna speakers are able to read and write it. There is some written material in Yucuna, including a dictionary and grammar

Yucuna alphabet and pronunciation

Yucuna alphabet and pronunciation


The symbol ', which represents a glottal stop [ʔ], is also used, but is not considered part of the Yucuna alphabet.

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

  1. Marí que ipura'ajico Tupana hua'até: Huara'apá, je'echú chu i'imacare. Palájne'eque huani picá.
  2. Piyuqueja ina'uqué huacára'ajeri penaje picá. Huahuata caja pi'imacá Huahuacára'ajeri. Huahuata caja ina'uqué la'acá maare eja'ahuá chu nacaje pihuátaca que, je'echú chu nala'acá que caja.
  3. Pa'á huajló a'ajnejí chuhuajá, huajñácaloje penaje.
  4. Pamó huachaje pu'uhuaré huala'acare liyá, huamaco ajopana chaje chapú nala'acare huecá liyá que caja.
  5. Piyuríniya nacaje a'acá huame'é rijluhua, huala'acá piyá pu'uhuaré raú.

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/1101/MAT.6.YCN


  1. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
  2. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
  3. Give us this day our daily bread.
  4. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
  5. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/1/MAT.6.kjv

Details of Yucuna provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample videos in Yucuna

Information about Yucuna | Tower of Babel


Information about Yucuna

Arawakan languages

Achagua, Apurinã, Arawak, Asháninka, Ashéninka, Baniwa, Baniwa of Guainía, Baure, Caquinte, Chamicuro, Curripaco, Garifuna, Iñapari, Machiguenga, Nanti, Nomatsiguenga, Palikúr, Paraujuano, Paresi, Pauna, Piapoco, Taíno, Tariana, Terêna, Wapishana, Wayuu, Yanesha', Yine, Yucuna

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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