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Chachi in Ecuador


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
10,000 Chachi Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 1.20 %   

Chachi in Ecuador

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Introduction / History
The Chachi people mostly live along the river system, previously reachable easily only by boat. Now some roads are available. Of interest, their area is also occupied by village which consist principally of "black" people...believed to be direct descendants of slaves from Columbia closely nearby.

Where are they located?
According to the Ethnologue, they live in the "north coastal jungle, Esmeraldas Province, Cayapas River and its tributaries (Onzole, Canandé, Sucio, Cojimíes, and others)." The area is a rainforest type of jungle area, inland from the Pacific ocean and close to the Ecuador border with Columbia, all in the coast.

What are their lives like?
Many Chachi villages range from 50-150 people, and many are located along the rivers. Food sources are hunting and fishing, and banana/plantanain (sp?), and rice. They live in huts--often raised 5 feet off the ground: one reason being due to flooding of the river(s). Those not reached with The Gospel have "animistic" religious beliefs (spirits, witch doctor, etc.).

What are their beliefs?
Bible translators lived in Zapallo Grande, completing the translation of the New Testament (about 1999). The Gospel spread to as many as 18 village during 1999 as a result of missionary work. Many came to Christ so that possibly the percentage evangelized is now much higher than previously estimated in prior years.

What are their needs?
There is a need for a sufficient presentation of the gospel among them. They also need healthcare.

Lewis, M. Paul (ed.), 2009. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version:

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Country: Ecuador
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:3
Location in Country:Esmeraldas province: Cayapas river and tributaries (Canandé, Cojimíes, Onzole, Sucio, and others), north coastal jungle.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Chachi
People Name General: Chachi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101955
Joshua Project People ID: 11287
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 10,000
Population all Countries: 10,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: South American Indigenous
People Name General: Chachi
Ethnic Code: MIR39e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chachi (10,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cbi    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity8.00 %(Evangelical: 1.20 %)
Ethnic Religions92.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant15.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic85.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1964-2007
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Chachi
Text / Printed MatterBible: Diosa' kiika; Génesis, Éxodo y ...
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Chachi in Ecuador

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    South American Indigenous     America, Latin    
      Chachi Ecuador    
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