Yine people

The Yine (also Piro[1]) are an indigenous people in Peru. In the Cusco, Loreto, and Ucayali Departments, they live along the Urubamba River. They live along the Madre de Dios River in the Madre de Dios Department.[1]

Total population
4000–5000[1] (2000)
Regions with significant populations
Yine, Asháninka, Machiguenga, Spanish, Quechua[1]
Related ethnic groups


Besides Yine, they are also called Chontaquiro, Contaquiro, Pira, Piro, Pirro, Simiranch, and Simirinche.[1]

Economy and subsistenceEdit

Yine people farm, fish, and raise livestock, particularly cattle. They also work in the lumber industry.[1] They traditionally used swidden agriculture to grow yuca. Oxfam helped the Yine to secure ownership rights to their traditional farmlands and to develop sustainable farming practices. They grow several varieties of yuca today, as well as medicine plants, such as sangre de grado (Croton lechleri).[2]


Yine people speak the Yine language, which is a Piro language and part of the Southern Maipuran language family. It is written in the Latin script. Over half of the Yine people have a basic literacy rate.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ticuna." Ethnologue. Retrieved 19 Feb 2012.
  2. ^ Gelbspan, Thea. "Community gardens help anchor indigenous villages in Peru." Oxfam International. Jan 2007. Retrieved 19 Feb 2012.

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