Huaorani language

Huaorani language

Infobox Language
nativename="Huao Terero"
states=Ecuador, Peru
region=Oriente or Ecuadorian Amazon
nation=Ecuador: indigenous languages official in own territories

The Huaorani language (also Huao, Auishiri, Aushiri, Waorani, Wao, Sabela, Ssabela, ; autonym: Huao Terero; pejorative: Auka, Auca) is a language between the Napo and Curaray Rivers. A small number of speakers with so-called uncontacted groups may live in Peru. The Huaorani tribe also live deep in the rainforest of the Amazon.

Regional variation

Huaorani has 3 varieties:

# Tiguacuna (also known as Tiwakuna)
# Tuei (also known as Tiwi Tuei, Tiwi)
# Shiripuno

Genetic relations

Various hypothetical groupings have included Huaorani:

* Joseph Greenberg's Andean grouping
* Morris Swadesh's Macro-Jíbaro
* Jorge Suárez's Hívaro-Kawapana

ee also

* Huaorani

External links

* Ethnologue: [ Waorani language]
* Proel: [ Lengua Sabela]
* Dictionary: [ Huaorani - Spanish]


* Campbell, Lyle. (1997). "American Indian languages: The historical linguistics of Native America". New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-509427-1.
* Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (Ed.). (2005). "Ethnologue: Languages of the world" (15th ed.). Dallas, TX: SIL International. ISBN 1-55671-159-X. (Online version:
* Greenberg, Joseph H. (1987). "Language in the Americas". Stanford: Stanford University Press.
* Kaufman, Terrence. (1990). Language history in South America: What we know and how to know more. In D. L. Payne (Ed.), "Amazonian linguistics: Studies in lowland South American languages" (pp. 13-67). Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 0-292-70414-3.
* Kaufman, Terrence. (1994). The native languages of South America. In C. Mosley & R. E. Asher (Eds.), "Atlas of the world's languages" (pp. 46-76). London: Routledge.
* Peeke, M. Catherine. (2003). "A bibliography of the Waorani of Ecuador". SIL International. Retrieved 2007 December 26 from
* Rival, Laura. "Trekking Through History: The Huaorani of Amazonian Ecuador", Columbia University Press, 2002.

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