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4.  The history they have gone through explains this situation. Nowadays, the language is no longer transmitted to children, and in many cases, the surviving speakers have no­one with whom they can use the language on a daily basis. 6) are also discussed in this chapter. 1.  Another salient feature is that the augmentative morpheme in Kokama is ­tua, while in Kokamilla it is ­tu.  For instance, while in Kokama ‘bone’ is kanuara, in Kokamilla is produced as kuanara; while in Kokama ‘behind’ is tsakapɨrɨ, in Kokamilla is tsapakɨrɨ.

Asociación de Desarrollo y Conservación del Puinahua, ADECOP, created in 1992, consists of about 10 communities.  At present, this is perhaps the most active organization representing more than 38 communities and 8000 peoples living along the lower Marañon and Amazon rivers. 22  Coordinadora Autónoma de Pueblos Indígenas de la Cuenca del Nanay, CAPICUNA, founded in 2001, comprises 9 communities of Boras, Huitotos and Kokamas.  Federación Kukama del Bajo Nanay, FEKUBANA, founded in 2009, comprises 13 communities.

4.  The Amazonian floodplain, one of the biggest tropical systems in the world, is perhaps the most productive environment in the region.  These rivers are the upper Amazon, lower Huallaga, lower Ucayali, lower Marañon and their main tributaries, such as Nanay, Itaya, Pacaya and Samiria.  In contrast, in the rainy season agriculture is favorable.  One can also find a great diversity of medicine plants and trees, such as the lupuna —measuring up to 160 feet tall with a diameter of 10 feet— and, in certain areas, it is still possible to come across rubber trees which preserve the marks of the famous rubber exploitation.

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