Avau in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Avau only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Avau people live on the southern coast and islands of West New Britain. Their vernacular language, Avau, has two dialects, but most adults can understand both dialects without any problems. Ten villages in all speak Avau. The total population of these villages is approximately 1,500 people.

They make their living by selling produce and goods to their neighbors, especially within the language area, and other travelers. Copra, which is made out of coconuts, is their only cash crop. Produce and animals such as greens, sweet potatoes, fish, pigs and coconuts are also sold within the villages. The Avau people must rely on personal sales as there are no trade stores within the language boundaries. Only a few Avau people have found work with a timber company located to the west of Gasmata.

Water travel is used frequently by the Avau people, due to their location. Canoes are the most widely used mode of transportation, and dinghies are used occasionally. Travel by air is highly rare, but travel on foot is common.
Children and adults alike speak their vernacular language a majority of the time, even if they speak other languages such as English, Tok Pisin, or even a neighboring language.

What Are Their Beliefs?

There are only three churches in the entire Avau language area, two of which are Roman Catholic. The other is the Apostolic Local Church, which began in 2008 and has very limited membership. The Avau people are very interested in having a Bible in their language.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Avau
People Name in Country Avau
Population in Papua New Guinea 900
World Population 900
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Awau
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Avau
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 10497
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West New Britain Province, south coast and islands around Gasmata.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Avau (900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Avau 900
For Primary Language: Avau

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
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 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
90.0 %
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