Andoni Barreña Agirrebeitia y Manel Pérez-Caurel, 2017: "La revitalización de la lengua embera en
Colombia: de la oralidad a la escritura",
Onomázein – N.º especial | Las lenguas amerindias en Iberoamérica: retos para el siglo XXI, 58-76.
While the Embera people had in the past rejected to codify its own language, at the end of
the 20th century the Embera from Chocó (Colombia) decided to start using a writing system
for their language so as to introduce it in education. It was in 2010 when a three-year project
was designed to accomplish this task. This article describes, firstly, the general background
of the Embera language and society; secondly, it deals with the features of the project and
its state of development. Finally, the article addresses the challenges the future poses to the
maintenance of the Embera.