Kanum, Enkelembu in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Many are registered as Catholics or Christians but traditional religious influences are strong.

They primarily live by fishing and farming in the swampy lowlands. Their land is at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level. The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people can best be accessed by automobile or motorcycle from the Merauke road to their area.

They are reported to have come from the east-beyond the Papua New Guinea border.

The people eat fish, sago, and vegetables. There is a SSB radio in Yanggandur, and a diesel generator that provides some power in the town of Rawa Biru. The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people have no gospel cassettes, films, or videos in their language.

The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people are sometimes known as the Enkelembu, Knwne, or Kenume people. The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people generally use Kanum, Ngkalmpw when talking among family members at home.

Profile Source:   GMI Papua  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kanum, Enkelembu
People Name in Country Kanum, Enkelembu
Population in Papua New Guinea 400
World Population 600
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Enkelembu
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Kanum, Enkelembu
Ethnic Code AON10a
People ID 12506
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kanum, Ngkalmpw (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kanum, Ngkalmpw 400
For Primary Language: Kanum, Ngkalmpw

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
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 12.00 %)
30.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
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 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Photo Source: GMI Papua  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: GMI Papua  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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