Quichua, Santiago del EsteroPrint
60,000 (2000 SIL), decreasing. No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 50,000 to 60,000.
North central Argentina, Santiago del Estero Province, departments of Figueroa, Moreno, Robles, Sarmiento, Brigadier J. F. Ibarra, San Martín, Silipica, Loreto, Atamisqui, Avellaneda, Salavina, Quebrachos, Mitre, Aguirre; southeast Salta Province, western Taboada department along Salado river; Buenos Aires.
Lexical similarity: 81% with Bolivian or other Quechua.
Vigorous. Increased use by media, musical groups. Chair of Quichua in the National University. Positive attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa].
Christian, traditional religion.