1,650 (2004). Ethnic population: 1,800–2,000 (2012 SIL).
Eastern jungle between Napo and Curaray rivers.
The language is considered to be endangered due to emerging Huaorani-Quichua bilingualism brought about by mixed marriages and bilingual education programs taught by Quichua teachers who do not speak Huaorani (2007). All ages. A few also speak Quichua; mostly those who are married to Quichua and their children. (2007 C. Peeke).
“Auca”, non-Quichua, in Quichua. Traditional religion, Christian.