Wichí Lhamtés Nocten


A language of Bolivia

Alternate Names
Bolivian, “Mataco” (pej.), “Mataco Nocten” (pej.), Noctén, Noctenes, Oktenai, Weenhayek

1,810 in Bolivia (1994). Population total all countries: 1,910. Ethnic population: 2,020 (1994).


North central Tarija Department, southwest of Pilcomayo river, Cordillera de Pirapo.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Language Use

The 1994 Indigenous census shows an increase in language use among younger people compared to the elders (Crevels 2007). The majority also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
NT: 2006.

Latin script [Latn].

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