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Avau in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,000 Avau Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 % No No   

Avau in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Avau people live on the southern coast and islands of West New Britain. Their vernacular language, Avau, has two dialects, but most adults can understand both dialects without any problems. Ten villages in all speak Avau.

They make their living by selling produce and goods to their neighbors, especially within the language area, and other travelers. Copra, which is made out of coconuts, is their only cash crop. Produce and animals such as greens, sweet potatoes, fish, pigs and coconuts are also sold within the villages. The Avau people must rely on personal sales as there are no trade stores within the language boundaries. Only a few Avau people have found work with a timber company located to the west of Gasmata.

Water travel is used frequently by the Avau people, due to their location. Canoes are the most widely used mode of transportation, and dinghies are used occasionally. Travel by air is highly rare, but travel on foot is common. Children and adults alike speak their vernacular language a majority of the time, even if they speak other languages such as English, Tok Pisin, or even a neighboring language.

What are their beliefs?
There are only three churches in the entire Avau language area, two of which are Roman Catholic. The other is the Apostolic Local Church, which began in 2008 and has very limited membership. The Avau people are very interested in having a Bible in their language.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:West New Britain province: south coast and islands around Gasmata.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Avau
People Name General: Avau
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100635
Joshua Project People ID: 10497
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,000
Population all Countries: 1,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Avau
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Avau (1,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): avb    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 14.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic90.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
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
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Avau in Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Avau Papua New Guinea    
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