Caquinte is an Arawakan language spoken by about 300 people in the Cusco and Junin regions of Peru. It is spoken mainly along the Poyeni, Mayapo, Picha, Yori and Agueni rivers, and also along parts of the Sensa and Vitiricaya rivers. It is also known as Poyenisati and is closely related to Asháninka, though is not mutually intelligible with it.

Caquinte is taught in primary schools, is used in religious services, and is spoken by the whole Caquinte community, about 100 of whom can also read and write their language.

Caquinte alphabet & pronunciation

Caquinte alphabet & pronunciation

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Sample text

Aquejetavacaajiaca maasano caquinte. Chooca aquenquejantaca maasano, chooca amejigaca, atsajiaque taaca opajitapae ocameetsataque antajiguica. Tee oncameetsateji iromperaperanajicaji, tee oncameetsateji irogashinoncajajiacaji. Jero cameetsatatsica aavacaj aiaquempa.


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)

A documentary (in Spanish) about the Caquinte people


Information about the Caquinte language and people

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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