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Nakama in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,900 Nakame Christianity 90.00 % 24.00 % No No   

Nakama in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Nakame people live in the Saruwaged mountain range in Morobe Province in a mixture of villages and hamlets ranging from 600 to 1000m above sea level. From the southern villages it is possible to catch a PMV (Public Motorised Vehicle) to Lae, the provincial capital, which takes about 3 hours when the road is open. During the rainy season, landslides often close the road.

The people live in houses built on posts between one and one and a half metres above the ground. Houses were traditionally made with woven bamboo floors and walls and thatched roofs of grass. Habitat for Humanity has been working in the area and now some houses are made of lumber and have tin roofs, while others are built in the traditional way.

People mainly eat what they grow in their gardens. Staple foods are taro, sweet potato, yam and cooking bananas. They grow a variety of fruit and vegetables, including a fruit that is a cross between a cucumber and a cantaloupe melon which is only grown in this part of the world. They also grow and sell coffee.

What are their beliefs?
Christianity was introduced to the Nakame area in the first half of the 20th century. Now everyone calls him or herself a Christian. Despite the official practice of Christianity, belief in the traditional religion remains strong. Lack of scriptures in their heart language has led to misunderstandings of spiritual truths. The Nakame people currently read the Bible in Tok Pisin. They would like the Bible in their own language. As one man expressed it: 'Tok Pisin doesn't have meaning'.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Morobe province: west and northwest of Boana Saruwaged Range south side. 6 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Nakama
People Name General: Nakama
ROP3 Code: 107033
Joshua Project People ID: 13923
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,900
Population all Countries: 2,900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Nakama
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Nakame
Language Code (ISO): nib    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Nakama
Dialect Code:14644
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 24.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant90.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(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
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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None Reported
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Nakama in Papua New Guinea

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