Wichí Lhamtés Nocten

Wichí Lhamtés Nocten, or Weenhayek, is a Wichí language primarily spoken in Bolivia, where an estimated 1,810 Wichí people spoke it in 1994. An additional one hundred people spoke the language in Argentina in 1994. In Bolivia, the language is spoken in the north-central Tarija Department, southwest of Pilcomayo River, and in Cordillera de Pirapo. In Argentina, it is spoken in from the northern border south to Tartagal, Salta. The language is also called Mataco, Bolivian, Mataco Nocten, Nocten, Noctenes, Oktenai, and Weenhayek; the last name is used in the Bolivian constitution of 2009.[2]

Wichí Lhamtés Nocten
Native toBolivia, Argentina
RegionTarija Department (Bolivia), Salta Province (Argentina)
Native speakers
(1,900 cited 1994)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mtp
ELPWichí (shared)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Wichí Lhamtés Nocten at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ "Wichí Lhamtés Nocten." Ethnologue. Retrieved 30 Jan 2012.