Historical information: Omurano is a language isolate formerly spoken in the headwaters of the Urituyacu River, a left-bank tributary of the Marañón River in the Loreto Region of northeast Peru. The materials that constitute this collection were produced by Zachary O'Hagan and rememberers of Omurano during two field trips, one an exploratory trip in 2011 to Nueva Alianza, the community at the mouth of the Urituyacu River, the other a lengthier trip in 2013 to several communities on the Urituyacu proper (Cafetal, Juan Velasco, Progreso I, Caimituyo, Triunfo, Lupunayo, San Antonio de Banal, San Luis, Guineal, and 8 de Octubre). The goal was to locate as many individuals as possible with some knowledge -- lexical, grammatical, historical -- of the Omurano language and/or people. The 2013 field trip was conducted in the company of Fathers Miguel Ángel Cadenas and Manuel Berjón, then priests at the parish of Santa Rita de Casia in Santa Rita de Castilla (Marañón River), and Sisters Nancy Roca and Eli Quiroz. Omurano data is restricted to a few dozen lexical items and basic phrases, and is significantly interspersed with Urarina language data, a neighboring isolate that is now the dominant language of daily life in the Urituyacu basin, and at times it is difficult to decipher what is Omurano and what is Urarina. All audio was recorded on an H4N Zoom digital recorder with an Audio-Technica 803B lavalier microphone. Funding for this research came from an Oswalt Endangered Language Grant administered by the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Scope and content: Audio recordings, scanned field notes, and photographs that derive from interviews and elicitation sessions concerning the Omurano language the regional history of the Urituyacu river basin
Repository: Survey of California and Other Indian Languages
Preferred citation: Omurano Field Materials, SCL 2014-14, Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, University of California, Berkeley, http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7297/X29K488M
Description: The consultant, a native Spanish speaker born in Iquitos, was a resident of the Urituyacu basin beginning in 1945, and employed many Omurano- and Urarina-speaking families in the extraction of natural resources over the following several decades; recording was made in the courtyard of a retirement home