Rama people

The Rama are an indigenous people in Nicaragua.


The approximately 900 Rama live by hunting, by fishing and the cultivation of bananas and white chocolate. The language of Rama belongs to the Chibcha languages. It is almost extinct and is fluent in only about two dozen elderly. The loss of language in favor of English -based Creole is partly due to the arrival of missionaries of evangelical Moravian Church ( Moravian mission church ) in the middle of the 19th century.

Political situation

The Rama located has long been in a dispute with the Government of Nicaragua on the proposed by US-based construction of a railroad track, which is run by Rama area. In addition, the Rama against the speculation of foreign corporations that threaten to deprive them of their traditional use rights fight. As a result, there has also been violent clashes.