Quechua, San MartínPrint
L1 users: 15,000 (2000 SIL), decreasing. 2,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 44,000 (2000).
Amazonas region: Roderigo de Menedez province; Loreto region: one enclave; San Martin region: Lamas, Sisa and other districts, and along Ucayali river.
6b (Threatened). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).
Several minor dialects. A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que].
Little transmission to children. Bilingual parents want their children to learn Spanish. Used by shamans in chants. Protestants use it in singing with published hymnbook. Scattered occasional use in religious services apart from singing. Negative attitudes. Embarrassed to be heard using the language. Most also use Spanish [spa].
Latin script [Latn].
The town of Lamas is cultural center. Traditional religion, Christian.