Chatino, Western HighlandPrint
16,000 (2000 INALI). 6,000 monolinguals (1990 census).
Southwest Oaxaca, Juquila district, Panixtlahuaca, San Juan Quiahije, Yaitepec towns; Ixtapan, Tepenixtelahuaca, Ixpantepec, Amialtepec villages; some hamlets.
VSO; short words, affixes, clitics; tonal
Vigorous. All domains. Oral use in local administration, commerce, religious services, some in primary and secondary education. All ages. Positive attitudes. Yaitepec one of most monolingual Chatino towns. 10 also use English [eng], 10 to 20 also use Tataltepec Chatino [cta] or Zenzontepec Chatino [czn].
Some annual migration to work in coastal coffee growing areas. Traditional religion, Christian.