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The Mocoví are an indigenous tribe of the Gran Chaco region of South America.[citation needed] They speak the Mocoví language and are one of the ethnic groups belonging to the Guaycuru peoples. In the 2010 Argentine census, 22,439 people self-identified as Mocoví.[1]

Not much is known about them before the Spanish arrived. They were nomadic and lived off of their fishing, hunting and gathering. They hunted deer and rhea and slept on animal skins and flimsy shelters. They did not farm because the soil conditions were poor where they roamed and there was flooding. Trade routes were discovered in the Chaco forest, indicating trading and it was assumed they traded skins and feathers for gold, silver and copper objects.[2]

When the Jesuits arrived, they taught the Macovi to farm with cattle and they became sedentary.[2]


  1. ^ "Censo Nacional de Población, Hogares y Viviendas 2010 Censo del Bicentenario Resultados definitivos Serie B Nº 2. Tomo 1" (PDF). Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos de la Republica Argentina. p. 281.
  2. ^ a b "People and Culture". Mocovi an Endangered Language of Argentina. Retrieved 2020-04-06.

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