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Washkuk, Kwoma in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,700 Kwoma Christianity 99.00 % 19.00 % No No   

Washkuk, Kwoma in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Kwoma people live in the Waskuk Hills of the East Sepik Province and the adjacent low-lying country to the north and west. The hill areas rise to about 486 meters. Villages in the low areas are scattered along branches of the Sanchi River. The Kwoma people are divided into two dialect areas: The Nukuma dialect in the lowlands, and the Kwoma dialect in the hills. While there are some linguistic differences between the dialects, socially there are strong feelings about the differences. Each dialect group desires their own New Testament.

The Kwoma are farmers, and survive on sago (a starchy staple food made by processing the inside of the trunk of the sago palm) and garden crops such as banana, taro, yam, and greens. In addition to growing crops for personal consumption, they also engage in cash cropping and sell coffee and coco.

Recently (2002-2003), they have also started planting vanilla, a lucrative crop. A translation of the New Testament in Kwoma was completed in 1975, but the people feel that it is hard to understand and have persistently made requests for a revision. The Nukuma dialect speakers have also made a request for a translation in their dialect.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:East Sepik province: Ambunti district, Sepik and Sanchi river areas. 12 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Washkuk, Kwoma
People Name General: Washkuk
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110710
Joshua Project People ID: 15881
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,700
Population all Countries: 4,700
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Washkuk
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Kwoma
Language Code (ISO): kmo    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity99.00 %(Evangelical: 19.00 %)
Ethnic Religions1.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(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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Bible Portions: 1968
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed MatterBible: God riiti maji kepi
Text / Printed MatterScripture text - download
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Washkuk, Kwoma in Papua New Guinea

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