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Total population
(1,090 (2000)[1])
Regions with significant populations
Chácobo language, Spanish
traditional tribal religion
Related ethnic groups
Pakahuara people[2]

The Chácobo are an indigenous people of Bolivia. They primarily live near the Ivon y Medio River and Benicito River in Beni of northeastern Bolivia. One band also lives near the Yata River.[3]


"Chácobo" comes from a neighboring language. Their autonym is Nóʔciria, meaning "We who are truly ourselves." They are also known as the Pacaguara, Pacaguara de Ivon, or Pachuara people.[2]


The Chácobo language is a Chákobo language belonging to the Bolivian Panoan languages, which are part of the greater Panoan language family. The language is taught in bilingual schools and written in the Latin script.[1]


In the past, Chácobo people lived on the northern shore of Lake Rogo Aguado and upper reaches of Rio Yata.[2]


Chácobo traditionally were nomadic and fished, hunted, and gathered wild plants, with farming only playing a minor part in their lives.[3] In 1845, there were an estimated 300 Chácobo. Their numbers lowered to 170 in 1970, but increased back to 300 by the 1980s.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Chácobo." Ethnologue. Retrieved 26 Nov 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Chácobo - Orientation." Countries and Their Cultures. Retrieved 26 Nov 2013.
  3. ^ a b Olson 79