Waorani Documentation Project

The Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) provides grants worldwide to for the linguistic documentation of endangered language and knowledge. Grantees create multimedia collection of endangered languages. These collections are preserved and made freely available through the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) housed at the library of SOAS University of London.

The collaborative Waorani documentation project aims to provide a comprehensive documentation of the still unclassified language and culture of the approximantely 2,000 Waorani living in the Amazonian region of Ecuador. The project will consist of transcribed and translated video recordings covering a wide variety of cultural practices and discourse genres ranging from traditional ceremonies and practices to everyday conversation as well as a preliminary lexical database and grammatical sketch. The results of this project will be of interest not only to academics but also to the Waorani who have a keen interest in documenting their culture. Primary investigator: Casey High

Project Details


Location: Ecuador, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Goldsmiths, University of London Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £128,042.00 Commencement Date: 01/2006 Project Status: Active
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