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Indigenous Communities from Bhutan

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

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Sharchop
Indigenous Group Sharchop (Also known as: Schachop, Bhotia, Central Monba, Cuona Monba, Memba, Monba, Sarchapkkha, Southern Moonba, Tshalingpa, Bhotia Eastern, Cona Monba, Eastern Bhutanese, Mompa, Sangla, Sharchagpakha, Tsangla)
Location Bhutan, Eastern and southeastern region, especially in Tashigang, Dungsam.
Estimated Population 396,000 (1993, Joshua Project)
Environment Highland, Forest
Lifestyle Sedentary
Subsistence Agriculture / Animal Husbandry
Level of Assimilation Fairly Traditional and Assimilated
Language Family Tshangla
Classification: Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Himalayish, Tibeto-Kanauri, Tibetic, Bodish, Tshangla
Alternate names: Sangla, Sharchagpakha, Sarchapkkha, Shachopkha, Shachobiikha, Sharchhopkha, Tsangla, Menba, Monpa

Dialects: Kurteop, Kheng and Brokpa. Standard variety in Tashigang. Lexical similarity 40% to 50% with Bumthangkha, 48% with Dzongkha, 41% with Adap.
Website URLs Ethnologue : Tshangla a language of Bhutan
Wikipedia
Bhutan at a Glance
Joshua Project, Sharchop of Bhutan
Country Studies, Bhutan Ethnic Groups
US Department of State, Background Note: Bhutan
Freedom House, Countries at the Crossroads 2005, Country Report - Bhutan
South Asian Media Net, Profile on Bhutan
NGOs Centre for Protection of Minorities and Against Racism and Discrimination in Bhutan
Amnesty International
Freedom House

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