By 2017, Peru hopes to officially recognize all 47 native languages of the country, says the General Director of Rural, Intercultural and Bilingual Education of the Ministry of Education (Minedu), Elena Burga, reports Peru21.
They just got one step closer as Peru just officially recognized the native Amazonian language of Kapanawa.
Spoken by the Kapanawa community, they live in the Loreto region of northern Peru, on the banks of rivers Alto Tapiche and Buncuya.
The Ministry of Education recognized the language with the aim to guarantee its “use, preservation, development, recuperation, promotion and dissemination.”
The Database of Indigenous People of Minedu informs that Kapanawa translates to “squirrel people” and their language belongs to the Pano linguistic family, according to Peru21.
INEI figures from 2007 report that the Kapanawa population was estimated at 384.
Last year 26 native languages were recognized including harakbut, ese eja, yine, kakataibo, matsigenka, jaqaru, nomatsigenga, yanesha, cashinahua, wampis, secoya, sharanahua, murui-muinani, kandozi-chapra, kakinte, matsés, ikitu, shiwilu, madija and kukama kukamiria.
In addition native languages including asháninka, awajún, shawi, shipibo-konibo, bora and achuar were recognized as well.