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The Mové, also called Movere, Western Guaymi, or Ngäbere, are a Chibchan (Dorasque-Guaymi) speaking people in Panama (150,000) and Costa Rica (4,300). This tribe, like the Murire (Eastern Guaymi), is a division of the Guaymi. They are further subdivided into the Valiente.

The Mové live in a tropical forest (hunters and gatherers), also gather wild plants. Among their crafts are basket weaving and pottery.


  • 1971 Ngawbe: Tradition and Change Among the Western Guaymi of Panama. Illinois Studies in Anthropology No. 7. Urbana: U. of Illinois Press.
  • 1968 The Ngawbe: An Analysis of the Economy and Social Structure of the Western Guaymi of Panama. Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms International.
  • 1976 Edabali: The Ritual Sibling Relationship among the Western Guaymi (with J. R. Bort). In P. D. Young and J. Howe, eds., Ritual and Symbol in Native Central America, pp. 77-90. University of Oregon Anthropological Papers, No. 9. Eugene: University of Oregon Press.

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