7,000 (1987 SIL).
Papua Province, Merauke regency. South coast area; north and west of Merauke city. Also enclave at southernmost extreme of province.
Gawir, Halifoersch, Southeast Marind, Tugeri. Significant differences between inland and coastal dialects, but speakers report intelligibility.
Vigorous. Home, market. Children in towns have passive ability. Positive attitudes.
Christian, traditional religion.