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Andoque (or Andoke) are an indigenous people in Colombia. They live along the Aduche tributary of the Japurá River.

Language and culture[edit]

The Andoque language is a language isolate and is extinct in Peru.[1] The culture values "sacred plants" and a ritual called "Yuruparí." The "Yuruparí" ritual concerns their transcendent vision of cosmology.[2]

Religion and oral history[edit]

The various bee species originated from the nasal bone of Heron-of-the-Center when he was consumed by fire while wearing a jaguar-skin.[3] Tapirs of various colors originated from "the star people, who are bees and wasps", when they ate the body of a honey-drinking old man, who "fell into a trap" which had been dug by his own son.[4]


  1. ^ Ethnologue
  2. ^ Etnias de Colombia Archived February 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Jara 1995, p. 155
  4. ^ Jara 1995, p. 157


Fabio Jara : "Bees and Wasps : Ethno-Entomological Notions and Myths among the Andoke of the Caquetá River". In :- LATIN AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURES JOURNAL, Vol. 11 (1995)