Published September 11, 2018
This video was recorded by Daniel Bogre Udell in Peru and features speaker Nilo Yahuarcani Romanya. Cocama (also known as Kukama) was spoken by 250 individuals in Peru as of 2007 and its monolingual population is very small. Cocama is a Tupian language belonging to the Tupí-Guaraní language family of the Americas. The language is spoken along the banks of the Northeastern lower Ucayali, lower Marañón, and Huallaga rivers, in parts of Brazil and Colombia. Most Cocama speakers are trilingual, speaking Portuguese and Spanish as well. Cocama is also closely related to the nearly extinct language of Omagua spoken in Peru and Brazil. The Latin script is used for most Cocama public and official documents. In 2013, an effort to revitalize Cocama came from residents of Nauta, Loreto Province, Peru, who, in collaboration with Radio Ucamara, produced a rap video in the Kukama-Kukamiria dialect.