1,670 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 7,000 (2003).
Kamchatka District, south of the Chukchi [ckt] language area; Kamchatka Peninsula north half and adjacent continent.
Apokinskij (Apukin), Cavcuvenskij (Chavchuven), Gin, Itkan, Kamenskij (Kamen), Palan, Paren, Xatyrskij. Koryak and Alutor [alr] border not yet been defined. Chachuve (Northern Koryak) and Alutor now separated. Alutor formerly considered a dialect of Koryak. Classification of other dialects unclear. Chavchuven, Palan, and Kamen dialects apparently not inherently intelligible.
Few domains. Used by a few children, but situation varies according to location (2007). Neutral to mildly positive attitudes. Also use Russian [rus].
Chavchuven used by reindeer herding tribes, all others use Nymylan. Traditional religion, Christian.