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Tubalar in Russia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,000 Altai, Northern Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Tubalar in Russia

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Introduction / History
The Tubalar people were once nomadic reindeer herders like many of the other small tribes in southern Siberia. Instead of using metal traps like the other people groups, the Tubalar people used "drop" style traps to catch their prey. They are closely related to the Tofalar people who live a similar lifestyle.

Eventually the Russian communists forced the Tubalar people to settle in villages where they became engaged in cooperative fur farming. Their traditional tents were replaced by wooden houses like the Russians used.

Where are they located?
There are very few of the Tubalar people left. The few who remain live in southern Siberia along the tributaries of the Katun and the Biya Rivers.

What are their lives like?
Sources usually consist of what the Tubalar people were doing decades ago. Most likely there are some of them still engaged with fur farming, but many are probably trying to adjust to an urban world that is foreign to them.

What are their beliefs?
The Tubalar people follow animistic and shamanistic practices. They seek to use the spiritual realm to obtain what they need.

What are their needs?
This people group is dying out. They need to be given the education they need to be able to thrive in Russia's economy.

Prayer Points
Pray for Russian believers to take His gospel to the Tubalar people.
There are some believers among the related Tofalar people. Pray that they will reach out to the Tubalar people.
Pray that the Tubalar people will see the beauty of God's creation and seek the One who created it for our use.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-03-23
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Country: Russia
Continent: Asia
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Altay, Altayskiy Kray, and Khakasiya; Gorno-Altai Ao mountains, along Mongolia and China border.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tubalar
People Name General: Tubalars
ROP3 Code: 115271
Joshua Project People ID: 19737
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,000
Population all Countries: 2,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
People Cluster: Ural-Siberian
People Name General: Tubalars
Ethnic Code: MSY41
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Altai, Northern (2,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): atv    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions85.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious15.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Tubalar in Russia

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People Cluster
    Ural-Siberian     Europe, Eastern and Eurasia    
      Tubalars Russia    
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      Ethnic Religions     Altai, Northern  
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