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Awa Pit / Cuaiquer

Awa Pit is a Barbacoan language spoken mainly in Colombia, and also in Ecuador, by about 14,100 Awa-Kwaiker people. In 2008 there were about 12,000 speakers of Awa Pit in southern Colombia, mainly in Barbacoas Municipality in Nariño Department. In 2011 there were about 2,100 Awa Pit speakers in Carchi and Esmeraldas provinces in northern Ecuador. The majority of Awa-Kwaiker men speak Awa Pit and Spanish. Most Awa-Kwaiker women and children are monolingual in Awa Pit. Very few people can read and write the language.

Awa pit is also known as Awa, Awapit, Cuaiquer, Coaiquer, Quaiquer or Kwaiker. It is distantly related to Chachi and Colorado, which are both spoken in Ecuador.

Awa Pit alphabet and pronunciation

Awa Pit alphabet and pronunciation

The + sign in the sample text represents the sound [ɨ].

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Sample text in Awa Pit

Wantuz awá m+jan wuantuz nitchatpa karakas m+nkaskachapmuchi. Mamaz kualtuz puchakas awapit relionkaz upiniónkaz politkakaz mamaztusne indulekaz nacionalkaz socialkaz posicionkaz pialkaz chikta mamaztuskaz kunticionkaz.


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)

Source: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pages/Language.aspx?LangID=kwi

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Information about the Awa Pit language

Barbacoan languages

Awa Pit, Cha'palaa(chi), Guambiano, Tsafikí

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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