A Digital Documentation of Panará

A Digital Documentation of Panará

Language: Panará
Depositor: Bernat Bardagil Mas
Location: Brazil
Deposit Id: 0418
ELDP Id: SG0398
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit
The aim of this project is to produce a rich set of materials documenting the Panará language, consisting of high-quality transcriptions of recordings and videos of spontaneous, traditional and ritual speech, and traditional cultural practices. The outcome of the project will be a rich corpus of carefully transcribed and annotated Panará language recordings, a digital dictionary made in collaboration with members of the community, a set of videos depicting Panará cultural activities, and a set of high quality monolingual texts that the community can use to further develop teaching materials.

Group represented
This deposit contains a collection of documentation materials of the Panará speaking community, all of whom live in northern Mato Grosso and southern Pará, Brazil. This Northern Jê language is spoken by 500-600 people in the Amazon area in central Brazil, in the region of the headwaters of the Iriri, the largest tributary of the Xingu river. The Panará contacted Brazilian society in the 1970s during the expansion of settlements in the state of Mato Grosso. However, a large number of speakers of the same language had already experienced a lengthy and mostly conflictive contact with the Portuguese/ Brazilian society since the XVII century, when they were known as the Southern Cayapo. Infectious diseases brought by contact with the Brazilian national society in the mid-1970s resulted in the loss of hundreds of speakers, and the population dropped from approximately 600 to less than 70 individuals. Since then, the Panará have achieved a demographic recovery that was accompanied by a successful claim to preserve and demarcate their indigenous land. Today Panará is a vital language, spoken by people of all ages in the community and is in no immediate danger of extinction. However, the diminishing numbers of elder Panará speakers and the growing pressure of Brazilian settlements and deforestation brought the Panará community to request a documentation of their language that first and foremost satisfies the needs of the community.

Language information
Panará is a Jê language spoken in the Amazon area in central Brazil, in the region of the headwaters of the Iriri Novo, one of the tributaries of the Xingu river.

Deposit contents
This collection is made up of a series of bundles that minimally contain media files (audio and/or video recordings) and metadata. ELAN files and PDF documents are also included.


The use of content in this corpus should acknowledge Bernat Bardagil-Mas as the principal investigator, and Bernat Bardagil-Mas and Myriam Lapierre as the researchers and data collectors. Consultants should be cited according to the information included in the metadata

Please cite the collection in the following way:

Bardagil-Mas, Bernat. 2016. A Digital Documentation of Panará. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive. URL: elar.soas.ac.uk/deposit/0418. Accessed on DD.MM.YYYY.


Resources online and curated


Bernat Bardagil Mas
Affiliation: University of Groningen

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2017 September 23 to 2017 September 23
Deposit hits:2
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Karãnsâ tells about the different types of work that Panarà women do in the fields.

Recorded on: 2016-07-26

Akâ tells how contact took place

Recorded on: 2016-07-01

Recorded on: Unspecified

Keywords: Unspecified - Bernat

Kjansê and her husband Pôka tell about festivities and rituals in the times before contact.

Recorded on: 2016-07-04

Akâ tells about life growing up in his home village before contact with Brazilians.

Recorded on: 2016-07-09

Akâ recounts how the Panará used to hunt game, birds and fish in the old days. Content: audio file, transcription and glossed text

Recorded on: 2014-06-22

Krenpy and her husband Pâti tell about life in the old days, and discuss some of the changed that Panará society has undergone.

Recorded on: Unspecified

Parantá says prompted words and creates sentences using them. Content: audio file and transcription.

Recorded on: 2014-10-01

Several Panará take turns discussing current issues in the men's house.

Recorded on: Unspecified

Sykjã recounts how he became a shaman, and what his activities as a shaman are. Content: audio file, video file, transcription.

Recorded on: 2016-07-16