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About 120 kilometers outside of the Peruvian city of Iquitos, in the Amazon Basin, is the village of San Antonio.

San Antonio is home to the last speakers of Iquito, an endangered language now fluently spoken by 26 people in the world, the youngest of whom is about 52 years old.

After centuries of pressure to assimilate into a Spanish-speaking culture, the San Antonio community is now expressing its desire to keep the indigenous culture and language alive.

“There is a great interest of late in documenting endangered languages and doing all that can be done to maintain their use. This project is of great significance because it involves a collaboration between The University of Texas graduate students and an indigenous group in this effort. It is a model for the many endangered languages of the world.”
—Professor Joel Sherzer

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