36,000 (Pelkey 2011), decreasing. Ethnic population: 50,000.
Yunnan Province, Kaiyuan county, eastern Beige township; Yanshan county, southeastern Ashe township; also northern Mengzi, western Weshan, and northern Pingbian counties.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Yi.
Dialects spoken in Wenshan County are most endangered. Home, village, market. All ages.