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Wanggom in Indonesia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,500 Wanggom Christianity 65.00 % 3.00 % No No   

Wanggom in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
There are several hundred speakers of the Wanggom language. They reside within the province of Papua, Indonesia. They live primarily by fishing, gathering, hunting and logging in their swampy lowlands. With their land at an elevation of less than 100 meters above sea level, the Wanggom people can best be visited by boat. Villages on the Digul River can also be accessed by floatplane.

The people enjoy sago worm feasts and invite neighboring villages to the feasts. On special occasions the men dress with feathers, bracelets and gourds. They often have pig feasts after a death in the village, where a pig is wrapped in banana leaves and roasted with sago worms. The women primarily gather food and garden. Most people wear modern clothing but rarely wash their clothes. The people eat sago, sago worms, and fish. Wanggom people use the tools that they own: machetes, steel axes, bows and arrows, and shovels. Houses are generally log posts, palm or cement floors, plank or stem walls, and a tin or leaf roof. There are no known generators in the area but in Wanggom village there is an SSB radio. The people get their drinking water straight from the river, from a well or from rain. Malaria, lung disease and yaws are common. Wanggom village has a health clinic.

The Wanggom people have no gospel cassettes, films or videos in their language. With family members Wanggom is generally used, but with friends both Wanggom and Indondesian is spoken. Although there is a Reformed church in the area, it is not readily accessible. It is not known how many of the people claim to be Christian.

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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, upper Digul river area. East of Kombai [tyn] and west of Wambon [wms] language areas.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Wanggom
People Name General: Wanggom
ROP3 Code: 110673
Joshua Project People ID: 19493
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,500
Population all Countries: 1,500
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Wanggom
Ethnic Code: AON10a
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Primary Language: Wanggom (1,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): wng    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: 3.00 %)
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
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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None Reported
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Wanggom in Indonesia

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      Wanggom Indonesia    
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