Yuana, Yuwana in Venezuela

Joshua Project has identified the Yuana only in Venezuela





Largest Religion

Main Language



The Yuana (or Joti) people live in Sierra Maigualida in the Amazon region of Venezuela. The 1993 census indicated they live in 25 communities. They gather wild fruit and honey, and cultivate bananas, corn, cassava, and other produce. They hunt the tapir, peccary, and other game with spear and blowgun. Two groups have been touched by missionaries, one by an evangelical mission and another by the Catholic mission in San Jose de Kayama.

Ministry Obstacles

Access to this tribe is difficult and they may be wary of outsiders.

Outreach Ideas

There has been limited exposure to Christianity by a few in this tribe, and scripture portions are available in their language. These provide a basis for discipling some in the group.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the few in this tribe who identify themselves as Christians. Pray the Lord will give them real understanding of what it means to know and follow Christ, not mixing their faith with traditional religions.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray this tribe will be protected from exploitation and from disease introduced by outsiders.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Yuana
People Name in Country Yuana, Yuwana
Population in Venezuela 8,000
World Population 8,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Waruwaru, Yuwana
Country Venezuela
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central. A northern group is in Bolivar Division on Kaima River, a Cuchivero River tributary; an isolated southern group in Amazonas on the Iguana, an Asita River tributary, and on the Parucito, a Manapiare River tributary.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Yuwana (8,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Yuwana 8,000
For Primary Language: Yuwana

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1999)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 26.00 %)
30.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
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 %
Photo Source: Steven Bove  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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