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Chayahuita in Peru


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
14,000 Shawi Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 0.40 %   

Chayahuita in Peru

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Introduction / History
The Chayahuita have no written history and most of the older adults don't know where their roots actually began until a village called Chayahuita was formed. The Chayahuita live in 105 villages in the Amazon Basin of Peru. Today they are divided among three districts: Jeberos, Cahuapanas and Balsapuerto. The Balsapuerto district is accessible from the Paranapura River, Cahuapanas is off the Sillay River, and Jeberos is accessible only by land or air.

What are their lives like?
The Chayahuita lead very simple lives. They are farmers and hunters. As civilization has grown, the animals that used to be part of their diet have become less and less plentiful and they rely more on the crops that they can grow. Their diet is made up mostly of plaintain, suri (a worm), small fish, chicken and plenty of masato (a beer made of yucca or sweet potato). They generally live in villages of around 250-300 (there are a couple of villages that are bigger). Couples marry quite early and have a good number of children. They depend on the money from their harvest and move it on the rivers to the cities to be sold. Some raise cattle or sheep.

What are their beliefs?
Quite a few Chayahuita have become Christians over the last decades; however there are still many that need to hear the Gospel. There are about 5000-6000 believing Chayahuitas. They actually have a board of "elders" and an evangelical association. There is still a Catholic influence as well as Seventh Day Adventist.

What are their needs?
Health- Help with eradication of mosquitoes that cause malaria and dengue fever, vaccinations against hepatitis, and clean drinking water.

Financial- Help in establishing their own business ventures to survive without outside money, and help in learning how to use their natural and abundant resources for their livelihood.

Prayer Points
* For continued growth spiritually.
* Provision of funds to establish businesses.
* For continued health concerns (malaria, dengue etc).

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Country: Peru
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Loreto and San Martin regions: Cahuapanas, Paranapura, Shanusi, and Sillay rivers.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Chayahuita
People Name General: Chayahuita
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 102055
Joshua Project People ID: 11314
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 14,000
Population all Countries: 14,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: South American Indigenous
People Name General: Chayahuita
Ethnic Code: MIR39a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Shawi (14,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cbt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity40.00 %(Evangelical: 0.40 %)
Ethnic Religions60.00 % 
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 Catholic100.00 %
(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 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1964-1991
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 Shawi
Text / Printed MatterBible: Yosë nanamën
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Chayahuita in Peru

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      Chayahuita Peru    
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