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A group of some half dozen tribes constituting a distinct linguistic stock upon the headwaters of the Beni river, Department of Beni, in northwestern Bolivia. Among their peculiar customs is the couvade . In the early part of the eighteenth century, through the efforts of the Jesuits, a part of them were Christianized. They now live in three mission towns -- Muchanes (founded 1725), Santa Ana, and Magdalena, all on the Beni river, near the confluence of the Mapisi.