L1 users: 12 (2006 O. Aguilera). 10 in Puerto Edén. Ethnic population: 2,620 (2002 census).
Magallanes y Antártica Chilena region: West Patagonia, Channel area, Isle of Wellington off south Chilean coast, 49 degrees south. Center is Puerto Edén.
8b (Nearly extinct). Recognized language (1993, (Indigenous Peoples) Law No. 19.253).
Aksanás (Aksana). Dialects are generally divided into three groups, northern, central and southern, of which only the northern is still spoken (Viegas Barros 1990).
Most also use Spanish [spa] (Crevels 2007).
Aksanás has been shown by Clairis to be a misinterpretation of old Qawasqar; it is a phantom (Campbell and Grondona 2012).