40,000 (Crevels 2007). Ethnic population: 119,000 (Crevels 2007).
Cauca Department, central Andes range near Popayán.
Paniquita (Panikita), Pitayo.
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 75% (2005 DANE). Some attempts, mainly literacy courses, have been made to promote the language. Some private primary schools teach reading and writing in Páez along with Spanish [spa]. Taught in secondary schools. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1980–2011.