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Setaman in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
400 Setaman Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 8.00 % No No   

Setaman in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Setaman people live in an extremely isolated area of the rugged Star Mountains of western Papua New Guinea. In three villages high in the mountains, they live much as their ancestors did in generations past. They live in houses built from traditional materials, cook food harvested in their gardens over wood fires, and carry their water from nearby streams. They have had some contact with outsiders and now wear western-style clothing and occasionally make the four-day hike to the nearest town to buy rice, salt or soap.

What are their beliefs?
The Setaman people's first contact with Christianity came in the mid 1960s, and now each of the three Setaman villages has a Catholic Church. However, the absence of Scripture in the Setaman language and lack of trained church leaders makes it difficult for the believers to grow and easy for them to fall back on their traditional beliefs. There are no health facilities or schools in the Setaman area. As a result, overall health is poor, life expectancy is low, and education levels are very low.

Missionaries, both Papua New Guineans and expatriates, could make a big difference in the lives of the Setaman people by translating the Bible, teaching in the church, training local church leaders, and helping establish schools, community literacy programs, and health facilities.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:2
Location in Country:Western province: North Fly district, Olsobip RLLG, Baktamin area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Setaman
People Name General: Setaman
ROP3 Code: 108877
Joshua Project People ID: 14875
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 400
Population all Countries: 400
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Setaman
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Setaman (400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): stm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity45.00 %(Evangelical: 8.00 %)
Ethnic Religions55.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Setaman in Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Setaman Papua New Guinea    
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            Setaman in Papua New Guinea          
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