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Kaiwai, Adi in Indonesia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,000 Kowiai Islam 30.00 % 3.00 % No No   

Kaiwai, Adi in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
Nutmeg and seashells are readily available in the area because the Kowiai people are coastal and island-dwellers. At an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level the Massep people can best be accessed by boat.

Historically when the Kowiai area was ruled by a king the king's spit was used to "water" the garden because it was alledged to have the power to keep pigs and birds away. They also sold Nanesa and Mairasi people to slave traders who came. The Kowiai are reported to have come from Maluku in the mid 1800s and intermarried with Papuans.

For marriage celebrations those invited by the groom's side are to bring something for the wedding. Burial happens within 24 hrs of death after the body is washed by members of the same gender. Burial can turn out to be quite expensive.

The main staple of the Kowiai people is fish and coconuts, but they also eat game. They wear modern clothing although the sarong is sometimes still worn. Within the typical Kowiai home there is a front room and bedrooms only because a structure apart from the home is built for the kitchen. The Kowiai people have machettes, boat motors, and spear guns among other tools. But the Kowiai people have no gospel cassettes, films, or videos in their language.

The Kowiai are sometimes known as the Koiwai, Kaiwai, Kuiwai, Aiduma, Kaymerah, Kajumerah, Adi, Namatota, or Namatote people. They speak Kowiai at home.

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Country: Indonesia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Papua Barat Province, Kaimana regency, Bomberai peninsula, south coast; Kamrau bay area, Kaimana, Namatote, and Adi islands, smaller islands in bay: Keroi, Adijaya, Namatota, and Kayumerah villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Kaiwai, Adi
People Name General: Kaiwai
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 104433
Joshua Project People ID: 12433
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: Kaiwai
Ethnic Code: AON09e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kowiai (1,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kwh    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity30.00 %(Evangelical: 3.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam65.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1985-1986
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Kaiwai, Adi in Indonesia

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    New Guinea     Asia, Southeast    
      Kaiwai Indonesia    
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            Kaiwai, Adi in Indonesia          
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      Islam     Kowiai  
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