A grammar of Kwaza by Hein van der Voort

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8. The speakers of Kwaza 19 by a Kwaza woman named Maky'txa, or Madalena. This woman brought up many other orphans, including Antonhão from family II. Maria Edite is married to the Aikanã man Kude're, or Canderé. They live in Gleba and they have seven children. Their oldest son, Augusto, who was born around 1958, left for Porto Velho at an early age and was never heard of again. Maria Edite speaks Kwaza and Aikanã fluently, and Portuguese with some difficulty. She remembers only a few Kanoê words.

Besides fieldwork in Rondônia, (archival) research was done in Belém in December 1994, in Cuiabá and Rio de Janeiro in October 1995, and in Belo Horizonte and Brasília in July 1996. During the remaining intervals I lived in the Netherlands, digitising and studying the Kwaza data. 8. The speakers of Kwaza Several speakers of Kwaza were mentioned in the previous subsections. In the following, I will present them all briefly, in separate subsections according to the respective families. Within each subsection, I will first discuss those persons with whom I did substantial fieldwork.

History of contact with the Westerners 5 women, and uprooted and exterminated their traditional societies. , diseases which were imported by the newcomers (to whom these diseases were relatively harmless). Because of the loss of labour force in these southern rubber estates the territorial government made an effort in 1940 together with the SPI6 to deport the indigenous societies on the headwaters of the Pimenta Bueno mostly by canoes to the headwaters of the Guaporé. During this voyage many Aikanã, Kanoê, Kwaza and Salamãi fled and starved to death under way.

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