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Tairuma in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,900 Tairuma Christianity 95.00 % 20.00 % No No   

Tairuma in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Tairuma people, whose language is also called Tairuma, which means "peaceful waters," live in eight villages in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. They have a strong group identity and are proud to be Tairuma and to speak the Tairuma language.

They support themselves primarily by fishing, cultivating vegetable gardens, and processing sago (which is made from the trunk of the sago palm). They build canoes that are used for transportation as well as for fishing. They also make bracelets called ma'i ta'e, necklaces from seashells and bags called "bilums" which are characteristic not only of the province but also of the country in general. They typically carry these bags on their heads.

With regard to religion, Christianity is predominant, although the lack of Scriptures in their heart language hinders spiritual growth and leads to a misunderstanding of spiritual truths.

Their houses are constructed of lightweight materials – primarily of wood with sago palm leaf roofs.

There are schools in the Tairuma villages. There are no Tairuma textbooks. Education in the early grades is in the mother tongue, while older students are instructed in English.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Gulf province: Uaripi and villages near Kerema.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Tairuma
People Name General: Tairuma
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110347
Joshua Project People ID: 15676
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 6,900
Population all Countries: 6,900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Tairuma
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Tairuma (6,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): uar    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: 20.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2013
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Tairuma in Papua New Guinea

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