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Languages: Naso, Panama

Language: Naso

The Naso (Teribe) language is spoken in the northwestern area of Panama, on the bank of the River Teribe, in the Kingdom of Naso. Naso is the name preferred by the speakers for their language. The name Teribe was the one imposed by the invading Spanish. Tito Santana, the actual King of the Kingdom of Naso and its 2800 subjects, rules the only recognized kingdom on the American continent. He is responsible for protecting the interests of his people against the barrage of influences which often threaten the Nasos' cultural survival and their language.


- Oates, Perry J., 2001. "A description of Teribe phonology". SIL International. Full document: .

- Naso in UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger .

- Ethnologue - Languages of the World

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Place/region: Panama, Latin America, Caribbean
Series: Connecting through culture- Celebrating diversity
Type: Documentary
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Publisher: Discovery Channel
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