6,000 (2000 census). No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 7,500.
Maluku Province, at least 14 villages. Seram island north coast, from Taniwel to Walakone towns; southwest Seram, northeast of Kairatu town.
East Wemale, South Wemale, West Wemale, West-Central Wemale. Lexical similarity: 84% with east and west dialects, 70% with South Wemale dialect.
Vigorous. Home, neighborhood, traditional ceremonies. All ages. Positive attitudes.