Chukchi, Chukot in Russia

Joshua Project has identified the Chukchi only in Russia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

"The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples" (Deut. 7:7 - NIV). The Bible teaches that the Lord values a people group regardless of its size. We know from His Word that small groups like the Chukchis of Eastern Siberia are as dear to His loving heart as those from large people groups like the Russians. There are no more than 500 known members of this tiny fragment of humanity. They were identified by outsiders in the 1930s and have no Christian believers.

It is easy to understand why missionaries and others have overlooked the Chukchi people. They are surrounded by many other better-known cultures. Like most of their neighboring peoples, the Chukchis live by reindeer breeding, fishing, fur trapping, and mining. Summer temperatures barely make it above freezing in their eastern homeland along the Bering Sea, and winter temperatures fall well below zero.

The Chukchis are an industrious people, and they are also very artistic. They are skillful bone carvers. Songs and dances are an integral part of their traditions. They value education and literature very highly.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Lord will have compassion on this very small people group and send Christians who are willing to bring the Good News of Jesus to the Chukchis

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-02-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-03-18
People Name General Chukchi
People Name in Country Chukchi, Chukot
Population in Russia 16,000
World Population 16,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chukchis, Chukot
Affinity Bloc Turkic Peoples
People Cluster Ural-Siberian
People Name General Chukchi
Ethnic Code MSY48
People ID 11378
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Chukchi and Koriak Autonomous Counties..   Source:  Red Book Russian People Profiles
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chukchi (16,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chukchi 16,000
For Primary Language: Chukchi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2004)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.70 %)
12.00 %
Ethnic Religions
77.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
11.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
85.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Norwegian Polar Institute  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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