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Shipibol in Peru


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
31,000 Shipibo-Conibo Christianity 65.00 % 2.00 %   

Shipibol in Peru

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Introduction / History
The Shipobol are part of the Pano linguistic family, whose ceramic work was discovered and can be traced back to 2,000 BC. The name "Shipibo" means "Ape-Men" and reflects the groups origin myth. The Shipobol have united with the Conibo ("Fish-Men") people through intermarriage to form a people that is commonly known as the "Shipobo-Conibo."

Where are they located?
The Shipobol's location is tied to the river in the Ucayali region of Peru, occupying 40% of the lower forest region. The Shipobo use the river for transportation and sustenance and are spread out in small communities of up to forty families each.

What are their lives like?
Men are the heads of the households and rely on their surroundings to provide food for their family units. Because hunting, fishing, and agriculture are not sufficient to provide for Shipobol needs, the group depends on hand-made crafts. As a result, the women are the main breadwinners in Shipobol communities, and not many money-producing opportunities are available.

What are their beliefs?
A majority of the Shipobol are Christian, which reflects the Catholic influence beginning in the 1600s and subsequent Jesuit missions. As a result of the missionary influence, the Shipobol were encouraged to abandon many of their traditional religious practices, which include a nature worship and the conception of the river and forest as mystically connected to the course of the stars.

What are their needs?
The Shipobol's needs include educational training and healthcare, as infant mortality rates remain high. As a result, it is not uncommon for Shipobol women to bear seven or eight children.

Prayer Points
Pray that the Shipobol would be reached with the transformative power of the gospel and with a compassionate witness of care for their physical needs.

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Country: Peru
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Huanuco, Loreto, and Ucayali regions: Painaco, Pisqui opposite Contamana, Requena, and Sur Bolognesi; northeast middle Ucayali river area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Shipibol
People Name General: Shipibol
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108952
Joshua Project People ID: 14914
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 31,000
Population all Countries: 31,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Amazon
People Name General: Shipibol
Ethnic Code: MIR39d
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Primary Language: Shipibo-Conibo (31,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): shp    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity65.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions35.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic100.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1954-1976
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Shipibo-Conibo
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Diossen joi jatíxonbi onanti joi
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Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
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Shipibol in Peru

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People Cluster
    Amazon     America, Latin    
      Shipibol Peru    
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            Shipibol in Peru          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Shipibo-Conibo  
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