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Kove in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
15,000 Kove Christianity 90.00 % 16.00 % No No   

Kove in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Kove are a people group with strong ties to their language and traditional culture. The men carve canoes, wooden fish and birds, and the women make shell necklaces, woven baskets and mats of sewn pandana leaves. At the age of five or six years, the boys are taken into a "men's house" to be circumcised. The Kove people have singsings (traditional songs and dances), and they also sell singsings to other language groups. The Kove people have a very strong sense of their own identity. The western influences to which they are exposed do not seem to be having an adverse effect on their own culture, but in many ways are just added to their own culture (e.g. attaching outboard motors to traditional wooden canoes). They are very direct and are more likely to take advantage of outside ways than to lose their own traditions to them.

Both the Roman Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist churches have a significant presence among the Kove people. Education is important to them, and they have indicated that they want to have the Scriptures translated into their own language. Church leaders say that a Kove translation would be used both inside and outside of church services. The people are spiritually hungry, and having the Word of God in their heart language would help them to come to a better understanding of it, as opposed to reading it in English or Tok Pisin.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:West New Britain province: northwest coast. 24 villages, most on small coastal islands.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Kove
People Name General: Kove
ROP3 Code: 105278
Joshua Project People ID: 12820
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 15,000
Population all Countries: 15,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Kove
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kove (15,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kvc    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 16.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(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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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Kove in Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Kove Papua New Guinea    
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