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Yair in Indonesia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,200 Awyu, North Christianity 70.00 % 5.00 % No No   

Yair in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
It is estimated that less than half of the Asmat, Casuarina Coast speakers have understood the gospel but there are a number of Catholic churches in this northern Awyu region and the Evangelical Christian Church in Irian Jaya and Reformed congregation also have churches in the language area.

They primarily live by fishing, gathering sago, hunting, and eaglewood logging in this river-dependent area. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level the Awyu, Northern people can best be accessed by airplane. A Missionary Aviation Fellowship airplane base is located in Boma on the language border.

They enjoy dressing up traditionally with gourds and kasuari bird feathers to greet visitors. They also perform welcome dances with drums and arrows.

There is 1 junior high school in the language area.

The women join in the work by gathering food, fishing, and gardening. The clothing people wear is generally modern but rarely washed. The people eat fish, sago, and sago worms. The Awyu, Northern people use knives, steel axes, bows and arrows, and shovels as tools. Houses are usually framed with log posts having palm or cement floors and plank or tree stem walls. Roofs are made either of tin or interwoven leaves. For economic infrastructure in the area there is a SSB radio in Boma, some personal generators for electricity, and a community satellite TV. The people get their drinking water usually straight from the river or a well. There is a health clinic in Kouh.

The Awyu, Northern are sometimes known as the Dyair, Djair, Yair, Awyu 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, Merauke district. West side, Digul river, upstream from Tanamerah town.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Yair
People Name General: Yair
ROP3 Code: 110928
Joshua Project People ID: 15950
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,200
Population all Countries: 2,200
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Yair
Ethnic Code: AON10a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Awyu, North (2,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): yir    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity70.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
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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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Yair in Indonesia

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Asia, Southeast    
      Yair Indonesia    
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            Yair in Indonesia          
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      Christianity     Awyu, North  
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