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Aion in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,200 Ambakich Christianity 90.00 % 21.00 % No No   

Aion in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Aion people live along the Porapora and Keram Rivers, Sepik River tributaries, located at the north end of the East Sepik Province. They speak Tok Pisin and Ambakich, their vernacular language.

Their livelihood is maintained through cultivating and processing sago palm, their staple food. They also cultivate fruits and vegetables such as bananas, coconut, sugar cane, pumpkin, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and cucumbers.

Raising domesticated animals and living close to a river means that ample sources of protein are available to the Aion people. Girls are taught how to weave fish traps and where to place them to optimize the day's catch. Boys are given a much more dangerous task, like hunting crocodiles in the middle of the night.

The Aion people are skilled wood-carvers and weavers. They are experts at utilizing materials from their natural environment to make everyday living more convenient and enjoyable. They carve canoes, create musical instruments, and weave baskets and net bags (bilums) of varying sizes and styles.

Aion celebrations include singsings, which are traditional dances and songs performed on special occasions, such as New Year's Eve, Independence Day, weddings and Christmas. Since the Aion people embrace Christianity as their religion, they frequently include worship songs in their singsings. Tok Pisin Scriptures are available.

The people have a positive attitude toward learning how to read and write.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:East Sepik province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Aion
People Name General: Aion
ROP3 Code: 100160
Joshua Project People ID: 10207
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,200
Population all Countries: 1,200
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Aion
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Ambakich (1,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aew    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Aion
Dialect Code:6791
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 21.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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None Reported
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Aion in Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Aion Papua New Guinea    
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