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Tupe: Street signs to be in native Jaqaru language

Hillary Ojeda

Jaqaru is a native language spoken by only 580 people.

Tupe: Street signs to be in native Jaqaru language

The elderly population of Tupe will benefit most directly from the Jaqaru signs. (Photo: El Comercio)

In August 2014, Tupe residents were granted the ability to ask for identification documents in their native language.

Now, the small community in the mountains of Lima will have street signs and the signs of establishments in their native language of Jaqaru, reports El Comercio.

The city of Tupe will have both Spanish and Jaqaru signs in an effort to keep the nearly extinct native language alive.

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The community of Tupe is located in the Yauyos province near other Jaqaru-speaking communities including Aiza and Colca. Jaqaru is spoken by only 580 people in the area, reports the INEI and the Data Base of Indigenous Villages of the Ministry of Culture.

The primary community members that benefit from the new signs are the elderly as they are the ones who transmit their knowledge to younger generations. They do this formally through the Saberes Productivos strategy under the Pension 65.

El Comercio reports that the initiative was coordinated by the Jaqaru community, the Pension 65 program and the Municipality of Tupe.

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