Chayahuita, Chawi in Peru

Joshua Project has identified the Chayahuita only 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).

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Chayahuita
People Name in Country Chayahuita, Chawi
Population in Peru 14,000
World Population 14,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chawi
Country Peru
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country 105 villages in the Amazon Basin. Districts of Jeberos, Cahuapanas and Balsapuerto..   Source: 

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chayahuita (14,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chayahuita 14,000

For Main Lanugage: Chayahuita

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1964-1991)
New Testament Yes   (1978-2011)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Yosë nanamën Text / Printed Matter
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
40.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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