12,000 in Colombia (Civallero 2008), decreasing. Population total all countries: 13,000. 0 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 13,000 (Crevels 2007).
Pacific slopes of Andes, Narino Department, from Ecuador border north, near Barbacoas; Cumbal, Mallama, Ricaurte, Cuambíyaslambi, and Cuaiquer del Alto Albí reservations.
Latin script [Latn].
Ethnic autonym: Awa and Înkal Awa, both in Ecuador and Colombia. The presence of petroleum companies, paramilitary groups, guerrilla forces, the cultivation of illicit crops and subsequent widespread fumigation of their territory has had extremely disruptive effects on the Awa society that currently is coping with a very serious acculturation process. Traditional religion, Christian.