Language Data

  • Alternate names: Carib Motilón, Macoíta, Northern Motilón, Yuco, Yucpa, Yuko, Yupa; Also, in Venezuela: Macoíta, Manso, Northern Motilón, Yucpa, Yuko, Yupa
  • Dialects: Atapshi, Caño Padilla-La Laguna, Coyaima, Irapa, Iroka, Macoíta, Pariri, Río Casacará, Río Maracas, Wasama, Yikta, Yukpa Central, Yukpa Norte, Yukpa Sur
  • Scriptures published:
    • Selections (1965)
  • Literacy: Literacy rate in first language: 50% in Yukpa. Literacy rate in second language(s): 70%. Men use Spanish [spa] for buying and selling only. Taught in primary schools
    Second Language: No information available.
  • Primary country: Colombia
  • Region: Serranía de Perijá, Cesar Department, Augustín Codazzi municipality and neighboring municipalities north and south, Colombia-Venezuela border. Río Casacará dialect in Agustín Codassi municipality along Casacará river and Caño Iroka. Yukpa sur dialect, Becerril municipality
  • Also used in: Venezuela
  • Religion: traditional religion
  • Livelihood: Agriculturalists, fisher, hunter-gatherers
  • Number of users: 6,020 (3,000; 3,020)
  • Vitality: Threatened

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)