Arabela (Tapweyokwaka)

Arabela is a member of the Zaparoan language family and is spoken by about 50 people in two villages along the Napo tributary of the Arabela river in Peru. It is also known as Chiripuno or Chiripunu, and is closely related to other Zaparoan languages such as Záparo, Andoa and Conambo, all of which are severely endangered.

The language has official status in the areas where it's spoken, and most Arabela speakers also speak Quechua or Spanish. There is no literature in Arabela, though there are some textbooks as it is used in school to some extent.

Arabela pronunciation

Arabela pronunciation

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Sample text in Arabela

Pueyano pa quishacari, puetunu pajaniyajanaa mariyata miishiya maninia, maja sooshiya tamonu. Puetunu pueyajanaari niishitiajaraca, jiuujiaaracanio pueyacua pa taraajenura. Naarate maninia pa jiyanootioore juhua pa tapueyocuaca.


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)

Information about Arabela | Tower of Babel in Arabela


Information about Arabela

Zaparoan languages

Andoa, Arabela, Iquito, Záparo

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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