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Achagua in Colombia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,000 Achagua Christianity 70.00 % 12.00 % No   

Achagua in Colombia

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Introduction / History
The Achagua of Colombia are a relatively small people group with around 300 members. This was not always the case. They were once one of the most populous tribes in the Orinoco River region. They practiced intertribal commerce and were sought out for their immobilizing poison for hunting, their ceramics, their honey and oil made from turtles. Trade was conducted using shells called quiripa.

Where are they located?
Previously they lived on the savannahs along the Meta River between Casanare River and Ariporo River. Today they live on the Victoria-Umapo and Turpial Reserves.

What are their lives like?
Though they have come to know and adapt to the modern culture around them, they continue to follow traditions of years past, including the use of hallucinogenic plants in their ceremonies.

Theirs is a patriarchal society. Though nuclear families may live together for a time, as the family grows, the sons begin to build houses separate from their parents' house.

They live from agriculture and raising of livestock. Yucca is their primary staple, along with corn. They hunt and fish as well, but supplement all this with wage labor work and the sale of hammocks.


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Country: Colombia
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
Persecution Rank:22 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Casanare department; Meta department: Upper Meta River, between Puerto López and Puerto Gaitán, El Turpial reservation, and Umapo community.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Achagua
People Name General: Achagua
ROP3 Code: 100037
Joshua Project People ID: 10145
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,000
Population all Countries: 1,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: South American Indigenous
People Name General: Achagua
Ethnic Code: MIR39e
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Primary Language: Achagua (1,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aca    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity70.00 %(Evangelical: 12.00 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
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Bible Portions: 1985-2013
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Ministry Resources [7]
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Achagua
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Achagua in Colombia

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People Cluster
    South American Indigenous     America, Latin    
      Achagua Colombia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Achagua in Colombia          
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      Christianity     Achagua  
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