Catio language

Not to be confused with Old Catio language.
Native to Colombia, Panama
Native speakers
15,000 (1992)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cto
Glottolog embe1260[2]

Catío Emberá (Catío, Katío) is an indigenous American language spoken by the Embera people of Colombia and Panama.[3]

The language was spoken by 15,000 people in Colombia, and a few dozen in Panama, according to data published in 1992.[3] 90 to 95% of the speakers are monolingual with a 1% literacy rate.[3] The language is also known as Eyabida, and like most Embera languages goes by the name Embena 'human'.[3]


  1. Catío at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Embera-Catio". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Emberá-Catío, Ethnologue, 1992, access date 04-18-08
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