Akurio is a Cariban language spoken by 10 people (in 2002) in the southeast of Suriname. First outisde contact with the Akurio tribe, who currently number about 50, was made by a Dutch expedition exploring the border between Suriname and Brazil in 1937. The Akurio live in the villages of Tëpu, Kwamalasamutu and Palumeu and along the Tapanahoni and Sipaliwini rivers. Only a small number of tribal elders speak Akurio, and the majority of tribe speak Tiriyó, a related language.
Akurio is an oral language that is rarely written. When it is written, a version of the Latin alphabet devised by missionaries is used.
Munete ikëikapa tesemekiempa
Ikëikapa tasameke ikëkapa papa
Ikëikapa pïiyaimë ana-papa
Irame-pa ikëikapa kutu ah
Angry from the scorpion, go away, I spit you away
Dad, go away, angry, I spit you, go away, I say, father
Evil, go away, I call the pajai who is his father
I am tired, great evil, I say
Details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum
Source: van Kempen, Michiel. Een geschiedenis van de Surinaamse literatuur. Deel 2.( (2002)
Information about the Akurio language
Page last modified: 23.04.21
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