17,000 (Pelkey 2011), decreasing. Ethnic population: 21,000.
Yunnan Province, central, north-central and southeast Kaiyuan county, primarily in western Beige township; also in Mazheshao, Laozhai, Zhongheying, Yanggai, Mazheshao, and Lebaidao townships.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality: Yi.
None known. Transitional with Hlepho Phowa [yhl].
Dialects spoken in Kaiyuan County are most endangered. Home, village, market. All ages.