L1 users: 51,200 (2001 census). Ethnic population: 100,000 (1986). 65% in Bastar, 35% in Koraput.
Chhattisgarh state: Bastar district, southeast Jagdalpur sub-district; Odisha state: Koraput district.
Tiriya, Nethanar, Dharba, Kukanar. Nethanar dialect is central. Lexical similarity: 90%–96% with dialects, 70%–82% with Halbi [hlb].
A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion.