Neme of Papua New Guinea
People Name: Neme
Country: Papua New Guinea
Language: Neme
Population: 500
Unreached: No
People Cluster: New Guinea
Primary Religion: Christianity
% Adherents: 95.00 %
% Evangelical: 18.00 %
Progress Status: 5.0
Profile provided by:

Joshua Project
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Colorado Springs, CO 80962
United States


Introduction / History
The Neme people occupy two villages: Keru and Mitere. Mitere is located about 24 km northeast of Morehead and Keru is another 12 km north, just south of the Arammba language area.

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

The Neme people build their houses on poles, raised about 6 to 10 feet above the ground. The roofs and walls are made of bark.

There is an Evangelical Church of Papua New Guinea congregation in Keru (no research done in Mitere). Most of the people in each village would call themselves Christians, but there is a fair amount of syncretism. 20 men from Keru village have been working on translating Arammba Scripture portions into the Neme language, but they have requested help from a translation agency.

Neme of Papua New Guinea