Bwaidoga, Mataitai in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Bwaidoga only in Papua New Guinea





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Introduction / History

The Bwaidoka people live in the southern part of Goodenough Island, with most of their twenty villages and numerous hamlets scattered along the narrow strip of flat land between the steep mountains and ocean. Access to the Bwaidoka area is by air or boat. There is a World War II airstrip on the eastern plain of Goodenough Island. From there travel is usually by pre-arranged vehicle or boat. Traveling by boat from Alotau takes 12-15 hours.

The Bwaidoka people live in thatch-roofed houses and are primarily subsistence farmers, fishing occasionally. Soccer for the men and netball for the women are favorite sports, with teams traveling to other villages to play. One of their favorite pastimes is telling and listening to stories, which can be quite interesting. Christianity was introduced in the 1890s through United Methodist missionaries. Later, Catholic missionaries came but have not had major inroads into the Bwaidoka area. Other religious groups have come but have not been very successful.

Because most people don't really understand the gospel, animism is still very much in place, with even many of the pastors still practicing garden magic. There is a great need for people to understand the Word in their own language. Most of the men and some of the women know Dobu, the local trade language, to some extent, using it in preaching and in relating to outsiders who speak it, but they still use the Bwaidoka language in their homes. Bwaidoka is the de facto lingua franca for Goodenough Island and the northern end of Ferguson Island. English is used often in government.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Bwaidoga
People Name in Country Bwaidoga, Mataitai
Population in Papua New Guinea 9,600
World Population 9,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mataitai
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Bwaidoga
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 11058
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Milne Bay Province, south tip of Goodenough Island; Bolubolu District, west Fergusson Island.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
For Primary Language: Bwaidoka

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1934-2006)
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 20.00 %)
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 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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