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Nganasan, Tavgi Samoyed in Russia

Nganasan, Tavgi Samoyed

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
900 Russian Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.30 %   

Nganasan, Tavgi Samoyed in Russia

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Introduction / History
The Tavgi Samoyed Nganasan people lived independent lives until the 17th century when the Russian government agents and merchants arrived on the Peninsula of Taimyr, their homeland. During the tsarist era they were forced to offer tribute to the Russians. In the 1930s their traditional lifestyle was forcefully restructured by the Russian communist government. In the 1960s, their nomadic lifestyle was eliminated, and they were forced to settle. Their traditions and ethnic identity have been diminishing ever since.

Where are they located?
This people group lives on the Taimyr Peninsula on the coast of the Kara Sea, just south of the Arctic Ocean. This is Russia's north.

What are their lives like?
Life is difficult and humiliating for the Nganasan people. Most have to take menial jobs while others are unemployed. Some have joined the Russian military to have some way to earn a living. They are also looked down upon or ignored by the Russian majority.

What are their beliefs?
A small percentage of the Taavgi Samoyed Nganasan people are Russian Orthodox; the rest either follow their traditional shamanistic religion or they are secular.

What are their needs?
As this people group grows smaller in numbers and smaller in power, they will need to put their identity in the One who has all power and can bless them beyond belief.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Tavgi Samoyed Nganasan people to be reached by those who will introduce them to the One who offers life to the full.
* Pray for entire families to study God's word together and find answers to the difficult problems they face in the 21st century.
* Pray for the Tavgi Samoyed Nganasan people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and communities.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-03-15
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Country: Russia
Continent: Asia
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Siberia, Taimyr peninsula, Krasnoyarskiy Kray, Duinka region, Ust-Avam and Volochanka villages; Khatang region, Novaya village; northernmost people in Russia, near Yakut [sah], Dolgan [dlg], Nenets [yrk], and (Tundra) Enets [enh] language areas.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Nganasan, Tavgi Samoyed
People Name General: Nganasan, Tavgi Samoyed
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 109895
Joshua Project People ID: 15299
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 900
Population all Countries: 900
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Finno-Ugric
People Name General: Nganasan, Tavgi Samoyed
Ethnic Code: MSW51j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Russian
Language Code (ISO): rus    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Nganasan (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions87.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious8.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox100.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1815-1993
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1680-2016
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 - Central Asian (FC ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Holy Synod (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Russian
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGeneral Ministry Resources
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralOpen-licensed Bible stories on mobile ap ...
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: Biblica's Russian
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Synodal Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Synodal Bible (Protestant Version ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Новый Завет: Совре ...
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Russian)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Nganasan, Tavgi Samoyed in Russia

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