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Nanubae in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,900 Nanubae Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 % No No   

Nanubae in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Nanubae people live in three villages in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea, two of which are along the Arafundi River. Their staple food is sago, a flour processed from the trunk of the sago palm. The people supplement their diet with fish they catch in the river.

There are two dialects of the Nanubae language. One is spoken in the village of Imanmeri and the other in two other villages, Yamandim and Wambrumas.

Canoes are the main form of transportation.

The Catholic Church began working in the Nanubae area around 1960. In 1992 the PNG Revival Church established a small congregation in Imanmeri. Although most of the people would claim to be Christian, some are only nominal Christians and still use traditional religious rituals such as magic for hunting and fishing and attracting women. Fear of evil spirits and belief in their power is common.

There are elementary schools in Imanmeri and Yamandim, which use both the vernacular and Tok Pisin.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:East Sepik province: Karawari rural district, Imanmeri, Wambrumas and Yamandim villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Nanubae
People Name General: Nanubae
ROP3 Code: 115293
Joshua Project People ID: 19794
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,900
Population all Countries: 1,900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Nanubae
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Nanubae (1,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): afk    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions90.00 % 
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)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Nanubae in Papua New Guinea

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      Nanubae Papua New Guinea    
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            Nanubae in Papua New Guinea          
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