Chiricoa in Colombia

Joshua Project has identified the Chiricoa only in Colombia





Largest Religion

Main Language


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.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Chiricoa
People Name in Country Chiricoa
Population in Colombia 200
World Population 200
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
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 Meta Casanare, Capanapara rivers and tributaries.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Cuiba: Chiricoa (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Cuiba: Chiricoa 200
For Primary Language: Cuiba

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1974-1997)
New Testament Yes   (1988-2010)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: The New Testament in Cuiba-Wamonae Text / Printed Matter
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
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
0.0 %
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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