Kakua is a language spoken in northwestern Amazonia, in the Vaupés region of eastern Colombia, between the Vaupés and Papurí Rivers. It is spoken by less than 200 people with a strong hunter-gatherer orientation.
Nearly all Kakua use Kakua as their main language. Because of rapid socio-economic change, and the small total number of Kakua speakers the vitality of the language could easily change drastically in the near future.
This project aimed to produce a reference grammar of Kakua, including detailed descriptions and glossed corpus of a variety of genres.
Kakua represents a language family that is itself very poorly understood. Until recently Kakua was grouped into a so called “Maku” family, a cultural rather than linguistic classification. Current data suggests that Kakua is related to Nukak, but not to other “Maku” (Nadahup, Epps 2008) languages (Bolaños & Epps 2009).