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This dissertation is a finished grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla (KK), as spoken by way of approximately a thousand elders within the Peruvian Amazon. It provides exact documentation of the buildings of the language and the features they serve, with wealthy exemplification. This research is predicated on major fieldwork on the grounds that 1997, permitting the research to be grounded in textual content facts. certainly one of KK's so much salient typological good points is a

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The first mention of the Omaguas dates from 1542 by the explorer Gaspar de Carvajal,4 who was part of Francisco de Orellana‟s expedition. The following passages show this: “Cumplidos doce días de Mayo llegamos a las provincias de Machiparo, que es muy gran señor y de mucha gente y confina con otro señor tan 4 Carvajal‟s account had been edited by a number of authors. The first versions were published by Oviedo in1855 and by Medina in1895. It was translated into English by Lea and Heaton in1934.

Rama urika. Riay ene tɨma ta tsapukiuy, ta mama ta tsapuki. Awɨrɨ tsukurikana uritsuri rakakura; tɨma ra tseta ikuakaka rana. Raepetsui ra mama tapiaratsui katupiuri. Etse namama, ikian ramama kumitsa. Mariariray ene ajanka. Mariraray na tsapukitsuy, na ra kumitsa. Ta 5 Long time ago, our father used to be everywhere. He came across with this woman-boa who was lying down at the lake shore. Only with a look, he makes her pregnant. Here I‟m gonna leave a son, he says. Next he goes above. Then his son is born, the little boa.

Their settlement has typically been based on a strategy of multiple resource use. Their main economic activities are centered on fishing, agriculture, gathering and hunting. But, of all, fishing is definitely the most important activity to satisfy their needs for both subsistence and market goods. Because of their sophisticated knowledge of the aquatic life and their fishing and water-hunting techniques, they have been traditionally considered the great fishermen of the Amazon (Rivas 2000). Even though it is true that fish are still widely available as a food resource for most of the KK people, it is also true that, because of overfishing and habitat destruction, fish populations have substantially declined in the last decades.

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