2,840 (2005 SIL). 1,570 in Chihuahua, 1,210 in Sonora.
West central Chihuahua, West Sierra Madre mountains, from Río Chinipas east to Sonora border, from San Bernardo, to headwaters of Río Mayo. 17 or more villages or hamlets.
Highland Guarijío, Lowland Huarijío. Intelligibility of Tarahumara languages less than 50%. Maculai (Macurawe, Macuyawe), formerly used by upriver Huarijio to refer to downriver Huarijio. Refer to themselves as Huarijio, Macurawe or Macuyawe. Old ruins of Macoyawi, now under Lake Mocutzari, was presumably a village of theirs.
OVS; long words, affixes, clitics; tonal
All ages. Bilingualism increasing.