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Shipibo language

Native to Peru
Region Ucayali Region
Ethnicity Shipibo-Conibo people
Native speakers
26,000 (2003)[1]
  • Mainline Panoan
    • Nawa
      • Chama
        • Shipibo-Conibo
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
shp – Shipibo-Conibo
kaq – Tapiche Capanahua
xip – Xipinawa (unattested; possible dialect)
Glottolog ship1253[2]
A Shipibo jar

Shipibo (also Shipibo-Conibo, Shipibo-Konibo) is a Panoan language spoken in Peru and Brazil by approximately 26,000 speakers. Shipibo is an official language of Peru.


Shipibo has three attested dialects:

  • Shipibo and Konibo (Conibo), which have merged together
  • Kapanawa of the Tapiche River, which is obsolescent

Extinct Xipináwa (Shipinawa) is thought to have been a dialect as well, but there

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