Quechua, San MartínPrint
15,000 (2000 SIL), decreasing. 2,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 44,000 (2000).
Loreto Region; San Martín Region, Sisa, Lamas, and other districts, and along Ucayali river. Lamas town is cultural center.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality (1993, Constitution, Article 48).
Several minor dialects.
Little transmission to children. Bilingual parents want their children to learn Spanish. Used by shamans in chants. Protestants use it in singing with published hymnbook. Scattered occasional use in religious services apart from singing. Negative attitudes. Embarrassed to be heard using the language. Also use Spanish [spa].
Traditional religion, Christian.