Introduction / History
They primarily live by gardening, hunting, and fishing in the coastal swamps. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level, the Riantana people can best be accessed by boat. Northern villages can be reached year around.
There are no junior high or high schools in the language area.
The clothing people wear is generally modern. The people eat yams, sugarcane, bananas, yams, and coconuts. The Riantana people use machettes and bow and arrows. Travel in the area is by boat only and some parts are hard to reach except at twice per year when the west-east wind shifts. There are no clinics but a midwife and health worker are in Iromoro. Skin diseases, malaria, and malnutrition are common in the area. The Riantana people have no gospel cassettes, films or videos in their language. There are at least 3 churches in the language area.
The Riantana are sometimes known as the Kimaam people although that refers to another language group. They prefer to be called the Riantiana people. The language of communication at church and school is generally Indonesian but Riantana is still used at home.
Text source: GMI Papua