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Chiricoa in Colombia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
200 Cuiba Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 % No   

Chiricoa in Colombia

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Introduction / History
The Chiricoa are a small people group living near the Ele River and in Arauquita. Previously a sizeable nomadic group, they were decimated by disease and their numbers dwindled. They are a sub-tribe of the Guahibo. Their name comes from the term the Yaruro Indians use for the Guahibo. Because they lived far isolated from the rivers used by European colonizers, they were more successful in surviving contact with them.

What are their lives like?
They live off the land. They use hallucinogenic plants in their rituals and ceremonies. One such ceremony is the Prayer to the Fish for naming and initiating members into the tribe. In this ceremony a young woman is welcomed into adulthood. They observe two funerals. The first is very simple and the second more complex. Theirs is a patriarchal society. When sons begin to have families, they build houses separate from their parents. They value intergenerational family relationship ties rather than individualism.

They are foragers more than agriculturalists. Though cassava is their main staple, they supplement this with many different kinds of vegetables and fruits.

Olson, James Stuart, "The Indians of Central and South America: An Ethnohistorical Dictionary", Greenwood Press, Westport, 1991, p 88.

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Country: Colombia
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
Persecution Rank:47 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Arauca department: Cravo Norte municipality; Casanare department: Betania, El Merey, Esmeralda, Mochuelo, San José de Ariporo, and Santa María on Capanaparo river and tributaries; Vichada department: Meta river south bank.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Chiricoa
People Name General: Chiricoa
ROP3 Code: 116029
Joshua Project People ID: 20301
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 200
Population all Countries: 200
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: South American Indigenous
People Name General: Chiricoa
Ethnic Code: MIR39y
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Primary Language: Cuiba (200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cui    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Chiricoa
Dialect Code:9040
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions90.00 % 
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)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1974-1997
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed MatterBible: The New Testament in Cuiba-Wamona ...
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Chiricoa in Colombia

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    South American Indigenous     America, Latin    
      Chiricoa Colombia    
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            Chiricoa in Colombia          
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      Ethnic Religions     Cuiba  
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