Chayahuita in Peru

Joshua Project has identified the Chayahuita only in Peru
Population
14,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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
Population in Peru 14,000
World Population 14,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 2
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Chawi
People ID 11314
ROP3 Code 102055
Country Peru
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Loreto and San Martin regions: Cahuapanas, Paranapura, Shanusi, and Sillay rivers.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Peru
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Loreto and San Martin regions: Cahuapanas, Paranapura, Shanusi, and Sillay rivers..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Shawi (14,000 speakers)
Language Code cbt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Shawi
Primary Language Shawi (14,000 speakers)
Language Code cbt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Shawi

Primary Language:  Shawi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1964-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1978-2011)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Shawi
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Yosë nanamën
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
40.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Anonymous  
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