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Indigenous Communities from Bhutan

Chali | Dakpa | Layap | Lepcha | Lhop | Lhotshampas | Monpa | Ngalop | Sharchop |

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Ngalop
Indigenous Group Ngalop (Also known as Bhote)
Location Bhutan, Ha, Paru, Punakha districts.
Estimated Population 130,000 (2003, SIL International)
Environment Highland
Lifestyle Sedentary
Subsistence Agriculture
Level of Assimilation Fairly Traditional
Language Family Dzongkha
Classification: Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Himalayish, Tibeto-Kanauri, Tibetic, Tibetan, Southern
Alternate names: Drukke, Drukha, Dukpa, Bhutanese, Jonkha, Bhotia of Bhutan, Bhotia of Dukpa, Zongkhar, Rdzongkha

Dialects: Wang-The (Thimphu-Punakha), Ha, Northern Thimphu. As different from Lhasa Tibetan as Nepali is from Hindi. Partially intelligible with Sikkimese (Drenjoke). Names listed as dialects may be separate languages. Lexical similarity 48% with Sharchagpakha, 47% to 52% with Kebumtamp, 77% with Adap.
Website URLs Ethnologue : Dzongkha a language of Bhutan
Wikipedia
NGOs Voluntary Artists Studio, Thimpu

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