Arawak people

group of indigenous peoples of South America and historically of the Caribbean. Specifically, the term Arawak has been applied at various times to the Lokono and the TaĆ­no, all of whom spoke related Arawakan languages

The Arawak were a group of people who lived in the northern part of South America, and the Carribean. After the colonization of South America, they became extinct, within a period of about a century, to a century and a half. Today, only very few people who call themselves Arawak remain. There's also a group of languages called the Arawakian languages, which show what influence these people probably once had. Today, there are about 2000 speakers left, 1500 in Guyana, and 700 in Suriname.

A group of Arawak people, showing their customary dress. Image taken in Panamaribo (Suriname), between 1880 and 1900
Documented Arawak languages: Northern Arawak languages are light blue, South-West Arawak languages are darker blue

In the year 1515, there were about 50.000 Native American allies (to the Spanish) on Haitit, from an original estimate of 250.000. In 1550, there were about 500 people. 1650, there were none left.