Sabanê is a member of the Nambikwaran language family. It was spoken in the states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso in western Brazil, between the Tenente Marques and Juruena rivers. There are currently fewer than five native speakers who are all over 50 years old. They can be found in the Pyreneus de Souza Indigenous Territory in Rondônia. Efforts are being made to revive the language.

Sabanê is also known as Sabanês, Sabones or Sowainte. The Sabanê call themselves Kulimansi, which is the name of one of their villages. The name Sabanê possibly comes from sapane (young sister).

The Sabanê people came into contact with the outside world in 1889 when a telegraph line was built through their territory. The language was first documented by Claude Lévi-Strauss, a French anthropologist and ethnologist, in 1948.

Sabanê alphabet and pronunciation

Sabanê alphabet and pronunciation


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Details of the Sabanê alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel


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Nambikwaran languages

Mamaindê, Nambikwara, Sabanê

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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