Yukpa, Northern Motilon in Colombia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Yukpas living along the Colombia border near Machiques. There is constant conflict between the ranchers and the Yukpas over land ownership.

Most of the villages did not have any sanitation or water and only a few had electricity. They are primarily hunter gatherers with their main income comes from coffee and corn. They live in thatch roof huts with dirt floors and sleep on grass mats or in hammocks. They cook over open fires and their main food sources are yucca and plantain. They have very few sources for protein and have a very high infant mortality rate due to lack of clean water and medical care.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Their beliefs include their tribal beliefs mixed with some contact by the Catholic organizations. Churches have been established in approximately 20 villages where water projects have been done.

What Are Their Needs?

Their needs are very basic, housing, food, clothing, education and health care. They have a very high rate of alcholism.

Prayer Points

* Pray for openness and opportunities to minister among the Yukpas.
* Pray for laborers who can be involved in both evangelism and human needs projects, water systems and clinics.

Profile Source:   Bobby Gore  

People Name General Yukpa
People Name in Country Yukpa, Northern Motilon
Population in Colombia 5,100
World Population 17,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Carib Motilon, Northern Motilon
Country Colombia
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Serranía de Perijá, Cesar Department, Municipio of Augustín Codazzi and neighboring municipalities north and south, Colombia-Venezuela border. Río Cascará dialect in Agustín Codassi Municipio along Casacará River and Caño Iroka. Caqo Padilla-La Laguna is .   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Yukpa (5,100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Yukpa 5,100
For Primary Language: Yukpa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1965)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 35.00 %)
75.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Photo Source: Bobby Gore  
Profile Source: Bobby Gore  
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