|Name (Indigenous)||Waí Maha|
|Alternate Name(s)||Barasano |
|Description||Spoken in Brazil and Colombia in Southeastern Vaupés Department, tributaries of mid and upper Pira-Paraná, upper Papurí and Tiquié, Mitú. |
Not to be confused with a dormant language called Waimaha. Ethnologue considers the Bará name (which derives from a Lingua Geral term for an aromatic medicinal herb) pejorative, although this name is widely used outside of linguistics. The Northern Barasano name was created by missionary linguists associated with the Summer Institute of Linguistics, and Waí Maha (and variations) derives from a Tucanoan expression for 'fish people', the name of the patrilineal clan associated wit the Bará language.
(Jean Jackson, p.c., 2020)