Kaliai in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Kaliai only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kaliai are a people with strong ties to their culture, including their language, Lusi. Since the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches came to their area in the late 1930's, the Kaliai have been active in their local churches, and generally, they have responded well to the Gospel. They use languages other than Lusi in church, however, because no translation work has been done in their mother tongue. They want to have the Bible translated into their heart language so that they can use it in church. They also desire to use it for personal study so that they can better understand the Word of God. A translation team could work in both the Lusi and neighboring Kove language. They could translate the Scriptures into Kove first, and then they could make the necessary adjustments to the translation so that the Kaliai can use it.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kaliai
People Name in Country Kaliai
Population in Papua New Guinea 3,900
World Population 3,900
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Kaliai
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 12450
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West New Britain Province, northwest coast.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lusi (3,900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lusi 3,900
For Primary Language: Lusi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 19.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
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 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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