Kanum, Sota in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Most Kanum, Sota speakers are registered as Catholics or Christians but traditional religious influences are strong. There is a Protestant church in Sota.

They primarily live by fishing and farming in their swampy lowlands of less than 100 meters above sea level.The Kanum, Sota people can best be accessed by car or motorcycle using the road from Merauke.

Many in the Sota village went to Papua New Guinea in mid-1980s and more went there after transmigration camps started being founded close-by in the mid-1990s. The Kanum, Sota people are reported to have come from the Papua New Guinea side many years ago.

The people eat fish, sago, and vegetables. National Electric Enterprise furnishes electricity to the town of Soto but there are no telephones. The Kanum, Sota people have no gospel cassettes, films or videos in their language.

The Kanum, Sota people are sometimes known as the Enkelembu, Knwne, or Kenume people. The Kanum, Sota people use the Kanum, Sota language at home with family members.

Profile Source:   GMI Papua  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kanum, Sota
People Name in Country Kanum, Sota
Population in Papua New Guinea 400
World Population 500
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Kanum, Sota
Ethnic Code AON10a
People ID 12507
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kanum, Sota (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kanum, Sota 400
For Primary Language: Kanum, Sota

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
35.00 %
Ethnic Religions
65.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
40.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: GMI Papua  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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