8,490 (2000 INALI). 2,000 monolinguals.
Southeast Oaxaca, Juquila district, Santa Cruz Zenzontepec and San Jacinto Tlacotepec municipalities, former Santa María Tlapanalquiahuitl municipality.
Some dialect difference in Santa María Tlapanalquiahuitl area. One of the most isolated and conservative groups in Oaxaca.
SVO; long words, affixes; tonal