9,000 (2007 SIL). No monolinguals.
Sagaing Region, Katha district, Banmauk township, along Mu river, southwest of Kadu [zkd] language area, 24 villages; Homalin, Indaw, and Pinlebu townships, a few villages.
High comprehension within all the Kanan villages. Low comprehension of Kadu varieties. Similar to Kadu [zkd]. Lexical similarity: 95%–99% within Kanan varieties, 84%–89% with Kadu varieties.
Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use Burmese [mya].