Kuhane language

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Region Okavango River
Native speakers
31,000 (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sbs
Glottolog subi1246[2]
K.42 (K.401)[3]

Kuhane, or Subiya (also known as Kwahane, Chikuahane, Chikwahane, Ciikuhane or Mbalang'we), is a Bantu language spoken by 35,000 people along the Okavango River in Namibia, Zambia and Botswana. In Tswana it is known as Subiya (Supia, Sesubea, Echisubia), it is one of several Bantu languages of the Okavango which have click consonants.


  1. ^ Kuhane at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Subiya". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online