Chami (Ẽbẽra)

Chami is a member of the Southern Emberá group of Chocoan languages. It is spoken in Antioquia, Caldas, Chocó, Risaralda and Valle del Cauca departments of Colombia. In 2001 there were about 5,510 speakers of Chami, which is also known as Chamí Emberá, Emberá-Chamí, Embena, Embera or Epena. Chami has official status in the areas where it is spoken.

An alphabet for Chami was developed in 2013 with support of the Antioquia department.

Chami alphabets and pronunciation

Chami alphabet and pronunciation


c, f, g, h, l, q, v, x and z are only used in loanwords and names.

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Sample text

Ẽbẽra beɗea chamí ɓɯ́turu ãyá beɗeakua nuré umada eɗá wãbarí laware. Maabae ãchi chiya unu nureasia kapurĩa imisiɗau ɓãara, mãu do Atrato wãrá benarã õme, mãu chi do ɓarrea ea wãpeɗa senea choromaɗá tae kuɓú, mãuɗe do San Juan wãrá benarã mãu chi dojurarã ara abau ruaɗe ya eaɓari panú.


Chamí speech is a variation or dialect of the Embera language. Upon the arrival of the Spanish, the Embera were already distinguished between those of the upper Atrato river, which heads north and empties into the Atlantic Ocean, and those of the upper San Juan river, which heads south and empties into the Pacific Ocean.

Source: Karta ẽbẽra beɗea ɓɯ kawabiy ita-Manuel de enseñanza y escritura ẽbẽra-chamí

Details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample videos in and about Chami


Information about Chamiá_chamí

Chocoan languages

Catio, Chami, Northern Emberá, Eperara

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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