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Nuk in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,300 Nuk Christianity 90.00 % 21.00 % No No   

Nuk in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Nuk people live in the Saruwaged mountain range in Morobe province. The ten villages are between 800 and 1500 metres above sea level. The nights can be cool and many rooms have fire places in the middle which people sleep next to at night. Houses are built on posts one to one and a half metres off the ground. The majority of houses are made of woven bamboo walls and floors and have thatched roofs of either grass or sago leaves. A few houses have walls made of handmade lumber.
The people live off what they grow in their gardens: taro, sweet potatoes, yams, cooking bananas, greens and various kinds of fruit. They also plant betel nut and coffee for cash crops, as well as selling some of the other produce from their gardens.

What are their beliefs?
Christianity was introduced by the Lutherans in the 1930s. Everyone in the area would now claim to be a Christian, although many still believe in their traditional religion.

There are three dialects of Nuk. Young people and children in two of the dialects are using Tok Pisin rather than Nuk. The other dialect remains strong and it has a need for Bible translation so people can clearly understand scripture for themselves.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Morobe province: Saruwaged range south side, rugged terrain northeast of Boana. 8 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Nuk
People Name General: Nuk
ROP3 Code: 107498
Joshua Project People ID: 14056
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,300
Population all Countries: 1,300
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Nuk
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Nuk
Language Code (ISO): noc    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 21.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent40.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% 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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Nuk in Papua New Guinea

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      Nuk Papua New Guinea    
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