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Dami, Ham in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,200 Marik Christianity 95.00 % 26.00 % No   

Dami, Ham in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Marik people of Papua New Guinea live in nine villages in the Trans Gogol Local Government Council area of Madang Province - just south and slightly to the west of the town of Madang. Their language is generally agreed to be Melanesian, although there is evidence of much Austronesian influence probably as a result of being surrounded by a variety of non-Austronesian peoples with whom they have kinship and trading ties. They live in an area of approximately 30 square miles.

The people are small averaging about 5' 2" in height for an adult male and considerably less for the female. They are generally very healthy and a number live into the seventies and beyond. There is a small incidence of infant mortality, and a number of women die in childbirth, sometimes tragically as a result of deciding to have their baby in the village where the necessary medical help is not available.

According to legend, the Marik people once lived on the coast between Riwo and Bilbil. It appears that an island off the coast in Astrolabe Bay subsided probably before 1800, and the people were able to escape to Bilbil Island and other places on the mainland. This caused population pressure resulting in some clans from the area moving inland. The story serves to explain the presence of an Austronesian language group from the coast by intervening non-Austronesian language groups.

The climate is hot and wet. The average daily temperature is 23 C minimum with a maximum of 31 C. The annual rainfall is between 350 and 500 mm. The vegetation is of the tropical rain forest type and there is sufficient land to permit cultivation of edible crops.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Madang province: Madang district, Gogol river area inland. 10 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Dami, Ham
People Name General: Dami
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 102412
Joshua Project People ID: 11483
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,200
Population all Countries: 7,200
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Dami
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Marik (7,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dad    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 26.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant90.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1989-1997
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Mata Ifenẽya Nẽ Od
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Dami, Ham in Papua New Guinea

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      Dami Papua New Guinea    
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