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Nara, Pokau in Papua New Guinea

Nara, Pokau

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,500 Lala Christianity 99.00 % 15.00 % No No   

Nara, Pokau in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Lala people live in villages scattered along the Hiritano Highway and the coast of the Gulf of Papua, NW of Port Moresby, the nation's capital. They live in clans, often with several clans living together in one village. The traditional chieftan system is still in place, although chiefs do not have the same level of authority as they held in the past. Wallaby hunting is a source of income, as well as an important source of protein in the Lala diet, which also includes starchy "cooking" bananas (the staple food), coconut, bread, bandicoot, and breadfruit. Traditionally, construction materials were obtained solely from the land. However, today Lala village construction employs a combination of natural materials, such as bamboo and palm leaves (for thatched roofs), and modern materials such as sawn timber, nails, and corrugated roofing iron.

The Lala people adopted Christianity after the arrival of missionaries from the Catholic Church and the London Missionary Society in the 19th century. Despite the official practice of Christianity, belief in some elements of the traditional religion remains strong. The Lala people read the Bible in English in church, even though they do not fully understand it.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Central province: between Kuni and Waima, inland from the coast, south of Yule Island.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Nara, Pokau
People Name General: Nara, Pokau
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 114936
Joshua Project People ID: 19107
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,500
Population all Countries: 4,500
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Nara, Pokau
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Lala (4,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): nrz    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: 15.00 %)
Ethnic Religions1.00 % 
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)
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: 2014-2015
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Nara, Pokau in Papua New Guinea

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      Nara, Pokau Papua New Guinea    
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