Fiu, Kwara'ae in Solomon Islands

Joshua Project has identified the Fiu only in Solomon Islands





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Kwara'ae is the largest indigenous language in the Solomon Islands. The language is spoken by approximately 45,000 people living in the north-central part of Malaita Island. There are also a large number of Kwara'ae people living in Honiara, the capital of the Solomons on the Island of Guadacanal.

The Kwara'ae people's traditional religion was ancestor worship. They lived in hamlets, in which small groups of brothers worshipped important ancestors at family taboo sites. Before the British came in 1893, there were many inter-clan fights and revenge killings taking place. Many men were armed with guns. The British, however, pacified the area in the 1920's and 1930's. Around 1900, the first Christians arrived in the language area. These men were actually Solomon Islanders' who had been taken away to Australia to work in sugarcane fields. Many of these men became Christians while working in Australia. After a plea for help, two different churches came to start work in Malaita.

In the 1970's a revival broke out in the church of Malaita which caused the church to grow. Today, the churches are all indigenous and there are not many people who follow full-fledged traditional ancestor worship.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-06-07
People Name General Fiu
People Name in Country Fiu, Kwara'ae
Population in Solomon Islands 48,000
World Population 48,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kwaraae, Kwara'ae
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster Solomons
People Name General Fiu
Ethnic Code AON09d
People ID 11214
Country Solomon Islands
Region South Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central Malaita Island.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kwara'ae (48,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kwara'ae 48,000
For Primary Language: Kwara'ae

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1909-1938)
New Testament Yes   (1961-2003)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 34.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
20.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
55.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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