U̶mʉreco pacʉ wederique (BAONT)
Waimaha (bao) Colombia and Brazil The population of the Waimaha people is 1200 in Colombia and increasing. There are almost no monolinguals. The population total all countries is 1800. They are located in the region of Southeastern Vaupés and the tributaries of mid and upper Pira-Paraná, upper Papurí and Tiquié, Mitú. They also reside in Brazil. Alternate names are "bará", Barasano, and Northern Barasano. Dialects are Eastern Waimaha and Pamoa Bara. The language classification is Tucanoan, Eastern Tucanoan, Central, Bara. Language use is passed on from fathers to children. It is used mostly in the domains of home, family, religion, local commerce, and community by all ages. Forty to fifty percent speak Spanish, as Spanish is used in school and with government officials. All speak two to four of these languages: Tucano [tuo], Tatuyo [tav], Tuyuca [tue], Barasana [bsn], Yuruti [yui], Macuna [myy], Carapana [cbc], because of marriage patterns across language boundaries. Children speak the language of each parent, but identify with the father's language. Language development includes letter writing between communities. The written form is used in religious services. Bible portions were published in 1975–1994. The writing system uses the Latin script.
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