2,700 (Yunbin 2005).
Yunnan province: Wenshan Zhuang and Miao autonomous prefecture, Guangnan and Xichou counties, Guangnan Nasa township, Laowalong, Nala, Xinwalong, and Xinpingzhai villages; Guangnan county, Zhuanjiao district, Jiuping and Shibeipo villages; Yanshan county, Jijie district, Manlong and 6 other villages.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized nationality: Yi.
None known. Very minor accent differences between villages.
Prenasalized and plain stop and affricate initials; tense and lax vowel contrast; nasal and stop variation word final; tone sandhi, 6 tones.
Language and culture are very different from the surrounding Yi nationality groups. They maintain their own festivals and are endogamous. Traditional religion.