Miao, Western XiangxiPrint
820,000 (Wang Fushi and Mao Zhongwu 1995), decreasing.
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.
Inherently unintelligible of other Miao varieties.
Vigorous, strong sense of ethnic identity. Most domains except education. Positive attitudes.
Officially classified within Miao nationality. Traditional religion.