Introduction / History
The Namo speakers of Mari village live on the southern coast of Papua New Guinea in Western Province, close to the West Papua (Indonesia) border. The Namo people cultivate gardens, fish and hunt. Their diet consists of yam, taro, sweet potato, sago, greens, fruits such as coconuts, bananas, pineapples, and papayas. They hunt deer and wallaby and catch crab and fish in the rivers and the ocean.
The Namo people build their houses on poles, raised about 6 to 10 feet above the ground. The roofs and walls are made of bark. Local leadership is by clan leaders and village elders.
There are two churches in Mari, Christian Life Center and the Evangelical Church of Papua New Guinea. There are no Scriptures in Namo language. Most of the people would call themselves Christians, but there is a fair amount of syncretism.
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