5,690 in Peru (2000). 2,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 6,000.
Northeast Amazon river area, Loreto Region, from Iquitos to Brazil border. Also in Colombia.
6b (Threatened). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).
Children who live near big mixed villages usually no longer acquire Yagua, but those that live in more isolated areas still do (2007). Many monolingual speakers in isolated areas. All domains. Some use in religious ceremonies and services. Neutral to negative attitudes. Most along main rivers prefer children learn Spanish [spa].
Some go to urban centers like Iquitos for economic reasons, and occasionally to Brazil. Christian, traditional religion.