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Total population
4,020 (2007)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Camsá, Inga, Spanish[1]
traditional tribal religion
Related ethnic groups
Inga people

The Kamëntsá are an indigenous people of Colombia. They primarily live in the Sibundoy Valley of the Putumayo Department in the south of Colombia.[3]


The Kamëntsá also are known as the Camsá, Camëntsëá, Coche, Kamemtxa, Kamsa, Kamse, Sibundoy, and Sibundoy-Gaché people.[1]


The Camsá language is a language isolate,[1] although linguists have tried to connect it to the Chibchan language family in the past. The language is written in the Latin script.[1]


They are known for their carved wooden masks that are worn during ceremonies and festivals.[3] They farm maize, beans, potatoes, and peas, and use the hallucinogen ayahuasca, or yagé, in rituals.

Notable Kamëntsá people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Camsá." Ethnologue. Retrieved 24 Nov 2013.
  2. ^ "Kamëntsá - Orientation." Countries and Their Cultures. Retrieved 24 Nov 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Arts and Crafts in Colombia." Footprint Travel Guides. Accessed 29 Jan 2014.

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