People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Print version:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Kanowit in Malaysia


Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Kanowit in Malaysia map
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
500 Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Kanowit in Malaysia

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Kanowit is a town and the capital of a district of the same name. The town takes its name from the Kanowit, a Melanau ethnic group. The Kanowit language is still spoken, and there still are some Kanowit people living in the Kanowit area. However, the language may be doomed to extinction. The village where Kanowit people live is called Kampung Bedil, a short trip by boat up the Rajang River from Kanowit town. There have been talks of relocating the village to another site as severe erosion of the banks of the Rajang River will soon wash away the remaining houses there.

Ministry Obstacles
The Kanowit are a tiny tribe and are losing their language. It may be difficult to even find them.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel recordings are available in the language of the Kanowit. Pray for those who will take these to the people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a handful of Christians in the tribe, but this is uncertain. Pray for divinely appointed encounters between the Kanowit and believers who will recognize the opportunity to share the gospel with them

Pray for the entire people group
Pray this tribe will be able to provide stable housing to replace housing in danger of being washed away by the Rajang river.

Scripture Focus
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!

View Kanowit in all countries.

Prayer Links
  Submit Update:
Country: Malaysia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Sarawak, Sibu Division, middle stretch Rejang River. Kanowit dialect downstream from Tanjong dialect.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Kanowit
People Name General: Kanowit
ROP3 Code: 104590
Joshua Project People ID: 12500
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 500
Population all Countries: 500
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
People Name General: Kanowit
Ethnic Code: MSY44z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong (500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kxn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions98.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
Submit Update:
Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
Data Notes
Data Sources

Kanowit in Malaysia

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Borneo-Kalimantan     Asia, Southeast    
      Kanowit Malaysia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Kanowit in Malaysia          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong  
    All Religions                              

Direct link: