Arufe, Nambo in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Arufe only in Papua New Guinea





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Main Language


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.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Arufe
People Name in Country Arufe, Nambo
Population in Papua New Guinea 1,000
World Population 1,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Nambo
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Arufe
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 10438
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western Province, Morehead District, 5 villages (Arufe, Gubam, Bebdeben, Pongariki and Derideri) bordering Idi [idi] and Nen [nqn].   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nambo (1,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nambo 1,000
For Primary Language: Nambo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1974)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 26.00 %)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
90.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
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