4,500 (Quick 2007).
Central Sulawesi Province, centered in Balaesang district, Walandano, Sibayu, and other villages. Scattered settlements as far north as Dampal Utara district.
Pendau is the everyday language in their settlements. They use Indonesian [ind] with outside officials. Children’s education is in Indonesian (2007).
“Umalasa” is a Bugis [bug] exonym meaning ‘the sick ones’ with negative connotations. Muslim, Christian.