6,000 in Guyana (2000 J. Forte). Population total all countries: 12,500. Ethnic population: 6,900 (Crevels 2007).
Southwest, south of the Kanuku mountains, a few villages northwest of the Waiwai [waw] language area. Also in Brazil.
Amariba. Lexical similarity: 10% with Mapidian [mpw].
Amariba dialect may have no remaining speakers. Also use English [eng].
Ethnic autonym: Wapichana or Wapichan. Traditional religion, Christian.