Miao, Western Xiangxi

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Alternate Names
Eastern Miao, Ghao-Xong, Hsianghsi Miao, Huayuan Miao, Meo Do, Northern Miao, Red Meo, Red Miao, West Hunan Miao, Western Ghao-Xong, Western West-Hunan Miao
Population

820,000 (Wang Fushi and Mao Zhongwu 1995), decreasing.

Location

Northwest Hunan Province, Huadan, Fenghuang, Baojing, Jishou, Guzhang, Longshan, and Xinhuang Mayang counties; northeast Guizhou Province, Songtao county, Tongren and southeast Chongqing municipalities; Xiushan and Youyang counties; southwest Hubei Province, Xuan’en county; north Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Hechi municipality; Nandan county.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Inherently unintelligible of other Miao varieties.

Language Use

Vigorous, strong sense of ethnic identity. Most domains except education. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 40% or more. Dictionary.
Other Comments

Officially classified within Miao nationality. Traditional religion.