Achagua people

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Regions with significant populations
 Colombia,  Venezuela
traditional tribal religion

The Achagua people (also Achawa and Axagua) are an indigenous people in Colombia and Venezuela.[1] At the time of the Spanish colonization of the Americas, their territory covered the present-day Venezuelan states of Bolívar, Guárico and Barinas.[2] In the late twentieth century there were several hundred Achaguas remaining.[2]


Achagua people live in large villages. Clans live together in communal houses. Polygamy is commonplace. They farm crops, such as bitter cassava. They traditionally poison their arrows with curare.[1]

There is a small town in Apure called Achaguas.


Achagua people speak the Achagua language, a Maipurean Arawakan language.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Achagua." Encyclopedia Britannica. (retrieved 1 Dec 2011)
  2. ^ a b James Stuart Olson (1991), The Indians of Central and South America: An Ethnohistorical Dictionary, Greenwood Publishing Group. p2

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