190 people reported speaking the language in the 2010 census, but according to the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, there were only 8 speakers of the language in 2008. The small number of current speakers is the result of a steady decline over the last 60 years, which can be attributed to anti-illiteracy campaigns by the Mexican government that discouraged the use of indigenous languages, migration from the area to the cities, and the small initial population of speakers of the language.
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