Catio (ẽberã)

Catio is a member of the Northern Emberá branch of the Chocoan language family. It is spoken by about 15,000 people in northwestern Colombia, and by a few dozen people in southern Panama. In Colombia, Catio speakers are found along the Alto Sinú, San Jorge, San pedro and Murri rivers in the Antioquia, Chocó, and Córdoba departments.

Catio is also known as Catío Emberá, Catío, Katío, Emberá-Catío, Eyabida or Embena ('human'). It is closely related to other Emberá languages such as Northern Emberá, Chami, Emberá-Baudó and Eperara.

It is written with Latin script, however few Catio speakers are literate in their language. There are a few books in the language, including some educational materials, and a translation of parts of the Bible. These have been publishing by the Ministry of Education in Panama, and Christian missionary organizations.

Catio alphabets and pronunciation

Catio alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Catio (Excel)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Mawũãĩ Jesúsbara mawũãsia: Marã zhiwidꞌibʉdadꞌera mawũãũdua: Bʉra Daizezeta ʉ̃tre bꞌʉa, bʉra wawiadꞌaidꞌe bꞌʉa. Dai Nokꞌota nʉmadua. Bʉa krĩñata odꞌaidꞌe bꞌʉa ʉ̃tre obꞌe kĩrãkꞌa, mawũã odꞌaidꞌe bꞌʉa druadꞌebidꞌa.
  2. Zhiko ewarizabema daia diadua idꞌira.
  3. Daiba kꞌazhiruata odꞌadꞌebara daira bedꞌea ne ẽã duanebirua, daibidꞌa bedꞌea ne ẽãne edabada dai bĩ ẽã obʉdata jõma. Daita idu wãẽãbirãrũã, awuarabʉrʉ daira kꞌarebarua ãtõmiã bia ẽãnebara.



  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


Sample video in Catio


Information about Catioá_people

Chocoan languages

Catio, Chami, Northern Emberá, Eperara

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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