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Pisa, Awyu in Indonesia

Pisa, Awyu

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
8,300 Awyu, Asue Christianity 65.00 % 4.00 % No No   

Pisa, Awyu in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
It is estimated that less than half of the Awyu, Asue speakers have understood the gospel but there are Pentecostal and Bible fellowship churches and a number of Catholic churches in the area.

They primarily live by fishing, gardening, hunting, food-gathering, eaglewood logging in their lightly wooded home area. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level, the Awyu, Asue people can best be accessed by boat. Most of the villages are on the Kampung, Asue, and Emogon rivers. There is also an airstrip in Miaro. They enjoy dressing up traditionally with gourds and kasuari bird feathers to greet visitors. They also perform welcome dances with drums and arrows. There a few written songs in the Awyu, Asue language.

There are 2 junior high schools in the language area.

The women primarily gather food and garden. The clothing people wear is generally modern but rarely washed. The people eat fish, yams, sago, sago worms, pig, and vegetables. For tools the Awyu, Asue folks use knives, steel axes, and shovels. Houses are generally formed by log posts, with wooden floors, and plank or stem walls. They often also build and utilize a 2nd hunting home. The physical development in the area does not include roads but there are 3 SSB radios (in Eci, Kaibu, Homang) and a few folks use personal generators to make electricity. The people get their drinking water (which they sometimes boil) from either a river or wells. There are some health workers within the area and some clinics (8) but there is a lack of medicines and equipment. Malaria, skin and lung disease are common. The Awyu, Asue people have had the gospel of Mark on cassette but no film or videos in their language.

The Awyu, Asue are sometimes known as the Miaro or Pisa people.

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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 Province, Asmat and Mappi regencies, southwest of Wildeman river, east of Kampong river, inland from Pirimapun.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Pisa, Awyu
People Name General: Pisa
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108055
Joshua Project People ID: 14406
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 8,300
Population all Countries: 8,300
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Pisa
Ethnic Code: AON10a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Awyu, Asue (8,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): psa    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity65.00 %(Evangelical: 4.00 %)
Ethnic Religions35.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
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
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Pisa, Awyu in Indonesia

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