Arufe, Nambo of Papua New Guinea
People Name: Arufe, Nambo
Country: Papua New Guinea
Language: Nambo
Population: 1,100
Unreached: No
People Cluster: New Guinea
Primary Religion: Christianity
% Adherents: 84.00 %
% Evangelical: 26.00 %
Progress Status: 5.0
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Joshua Project
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Colorado Springs, CO 80962
United States


Introduction / History
The Nambo people occupy three villages: Arufe, Gubam, and Bebdeben. These villages are located around thirty kilometers east of Morehead.

The Nambo people cultivate gardens on the plains near the Wassi Kussa River. Their diet consists of yam, taro, sweet potato, sago, greens, and fruits such as coconuts, bananas, pineapples, and papayas. They fish, hunt deer and wallaby, and raise chickens. They occasionally sell some of their garden produce, meat, and fish in Morehead.

The Nambo people build their houses on poles that are raised about six to ten feet above the ground. The roofs and walls are made of bark.

The Evangelical Church of Papua New Guinea has congregations in Arufe and Gubam (no research done in Bebdeben). Most of the people in each village would call themselves Christians, but there is a fair amount of syncretism. There is a translation in progress in Arufe village, but the people report that they are not using the Scripture portions in Nambo.

Arufe, Nambo of Papua New Guinea