Quechua, Southern Conchucos AncashPrint
250,000 (1994 census), increasing. 80,000 monolinguals.
East Ancash Region, Chavín to San Luis to Llamellín; northwest Huánuco Region, Huacaybamba, Huacrachuco, San Buenaventura, and Pinra districts; much of southern Marañon province.
5 (Developing). Language of recognized nationality (1993, Constitution, Article 48).
Vigorous in most but not all communities. Spanish-speaking health workers and teachers learn Quechua to communicate. All domains, local administration, written and oral interpretation of Spanish [spa] in church, oral use in commerce labor relations, and health centers. Positive attitudes. Also use some Spanish [spa]. Very few can also use some English [eng].
Christian, traditional religion.