Hein van der Voort's A grammar of Kwaza PDF

By Hein van der Voort

ISBN-10: 3110178699

ISBN-13: 9783110178692

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Dequech (pc, cf. ) met also used to mention such figures, but since they did not have a clear idea about what “2000” meant, the estimation may not be dependable. The Aikanã language can also be considered as still unclassified. 2. 512 km2 vs. 526 km2. 2 1. Introduction 1992). Culturally speaking, the Bolivian part of the Guaporé region is one of the transition areas between Andean and Amazonian cultural complexes. 2. The traditional context of the Indians of Southern Rondônia In olden times, the South of Rondônia was populated by some 20 different nations, or “tribes” (in a linguistic rather than ethnic sense), which consisted of maybe several thousand members each, and which spoke mutually unintelligible languages.

The reserve has always been under the general leadership of the Aikanã until recently, when this position was assumed by a Kwaza. The reserve can be entered from the west, via Chupinguaia, which lies on a dirt road, the RO-391, 50 kilometres southwest of the entrance to the asphalted BR-364 highway, from where Vilhena lies 100 kilometres to the southeast. There are five basic settlements in the reserve: Gleba is a central Aikanã village on the western demarcation line, 18 kilometres from Chupinguaia, with around seven families, a church, a primary school, a FUNAI post and an often deserted medical post.

The indigenous nations were divided into groups which lived separately from each other along the tributaries of the Guaporé and Pimenta Bueno rivers. It appears that these groups formed or were part of autonomous “clans” often referred to by animal names. Clans formed unstable alliances against other alliances across linguistic borders and plurilingualism was not uncommon. There were frequent visits, festive contests, and trade between allied clans. At intertribal parties headball, which involved a ball of inflated natural rubber of about 15 cm diameter, was one of the most important games.

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