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.
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|
|Region||Central and South America|
|Persecution Rank||46 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Meta Casanare, Capanapara rivers and tributaries. Source: Ethnologue 2010|
|Primary Language:||Cuiba (200 speakers) People group listing|
|Language Code:||cui Ethnologue Listing|
|Written:||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Dialect Code:||9040 Global Recordings Listing|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1974-1997)|
|New Testament||Yes (1988-2010)|
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: The New Testament in Cuiba-Wamonae|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
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