Ese Ejja people

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Ese Ejja
Total population
1,770 (2000)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Bolivia (1300),  Peru (400-500)[1]
Languages
Ese Ejja language, Spanish
Religion
Christianity, traditional tribal religion

The Ese Ejja are an indigenous people of Bolivia and Peru, in the southwestern Amazon. 1,300 Ese Ejja live in Bolivia, in the Pando and Beni Departments,[2] in the foothills along the Beni and the Madre de Dios Rivers. In Peru, they live along the Tambopata and Heath Rivers, near Puerto Maldonado.[1]

Name[edit]

Their name derives from their autonym, Ece'je, which means "people."[2] They are also known as the Chama, Ese Eja, Ese Exa, Ese’ejja, Huarayo, Tambopata-Guarayo, or Tiatinagua people.[1]

Language[edit]

The Ese Ejja language is a Tacanan language, spoken by all ages, and written in the Latin script. A dictionary has been produced for the language.[1]

Subsistence[edit]

Ese Ejja people are hunter-gathers, farmers, rangers and fishermen. Some have theorized that they also might be cannibals.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ese Ejja." Ethnologue. Retrieved 17 Feb 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Huarayo - Orientation." Countries and Their Cultures. Retrieved 17 Feb 2012.

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