30,000 (Bradley 2007b), decreasing. Ethnic population: 50,000.
Yunnan province: Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Wuding county, Chadian, Jincheng, and Jiuchang districts; Dayao, north Fumin, Jingdong, Jinggu, north Lufeng, south Luquan, Nanhua, Yao’an, Yimen, Yongren, and Zhenyuan counties.
7 (Shifting). Language of recognized nationality: Yi.
No remaining speakers in Jinning and Anning counties; declining elsewhere. Home. Neutral attitudes. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].