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Nama in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,000 Nama Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % No No   

Nama in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Nama people live in three villages – Ngaraita, Mata and Daraia. They live in an area of about two hundred square kilometers on the plains near Morehead River in the southern part of the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The Nama people cultivate gardens, which produce taro, sweet potatoes, yams, sago, and greens and also fruits, such as coconuts, bananas, pineapples and papayas. They also fish, hunt deer and wallaby, and raise chickens. They sell some of their garden produce at Morehead market, just a few minutes from Ngaraita.

Marriages are arranged through "sister exchange," where there is ideally an even exchange of brides between villages. New brides will typically move to the village of their new husbands. Marriages are celebrated with singsings, consisting of traditional style music and dance.

Most of the Nama people identify themselves as Christians, and they are very enthusiastic about reading God's Word in their own language. One woman in Mata village said, "Having the Bible only in English is like holding a cold glass of water that we can't drink."

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Western province: Morehead district, Daraia, Mata, and Ngaraita villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Nama
People Name General: Nama
ROP3 Code: 115291
Joshua Project People ID: 19557
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,000
Population all Countries: 2,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Nama
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Nama (2,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): nmx    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: 22.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1966
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Nama in Papua New Guinea

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      Nama Papua New Guinea    
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