L1 users: 150 (1996 M. Donohue).
Papua province: Merauke regency, Onggaya, Tomer, and Yanggandur villages south along Papua New Guinea border.
None known. Kanum varieties are separate languages, with difficult mutual intelligibility. Reportedly similar to Yei [jei]. Also classified as Australian, Pama-Nyungan.
One ethnic group with Kanum varieties. Clan marriages common, and much ritual exchange. Christian.