Huambisa (Wampís)

Huambisa is a Chicham language spoken by about 8,000 people in northern Peru, mainly along the Santiago and Morona Rivers between Condorcanqui Province of the Amazonas Region and the Datem del Marañón Province in the Loreto Region.

Huambisa is also known as Huambiza, Wambiza, Jíbaro, Xívaro, Wampis, Maina or Shuar-Huampis. It is closely related to Achuar-Shiwiar, a Chicham language spoken in Peru and Ecuador.

Huambisa was given official status in the Amazonas Department in 2010, and a new alphabet for the language was approved in 2012.

Huambisa alphabet and pronunciation

Huambisa alphabet and pronunciation


Download an alphabet chart for Huambisa (Excel)

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

  1. Tama Jesús chichaak:“Atum Yuus aujkurmeka titarma: Apaachi, ameka nayaimpinam pujuwaitme. Pegkeraitam imau asaakmin, chikich ainasha ima aminak ashi emematramiarti. Ashi shuartin amek inakratta.
  2. Ame ii yuatnusha kashi kashinig sukartita.
  3. Ina tunaurisha, ii chikich aina pegkerchau takartamainasha tsagkurtaiya turusmek tsagkurkarturta.Iwanch tunaun takasti tusa ina nekapramkaisha inaikartusaipa, tura amek yaigkratkata ii nepetkami”.



  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.


Some details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample videos

Information about Huambisa | Tower of Babel


Information about the Huambisa language

Chicham languages

Achuar-Shiwiar, Aguaruna, Huambisa, Shuar

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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