Kilmera in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Kilmera only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kilmeri people live in the Sandaun Province in the northwestern portion of Papua New Guinea. There are about 2,823 people in the 15 villages which spread over the 400 square kilometers of dense tropical bush.

Agriculture is the Kilmeri's main means of subsistence. Pigs are the biggest commodity, though the people also raise crocodiles, and grow crops such as coffee and cocoa. Sago, a traditional food item made from the pulp of the sago palm, is an important part of their daily diet.

The dwellings of the Kilmeri are constructed out of traditional materials from the jungle. Half of the house is normally an open veranda and the walls for the sleeping area do not extend all the way to the roof. These houses are usually occupied by one to three families at a time.

Kilmeri society is centered around clan ties. Singsings, traditional song and dance ceremonies, are used for healing and to ensure good hunting. Brideprice is still practiced and young men take part in the practices of the traditional men's house.

The Kilmeri people have churches in their area. Several primary schools are available to them, and many of the children are going to school, learning to read and write. The Kilmeri children are no longer learning the Kilmeri language, but are only using Tok Pisin, a trade language of Papua New Guinea. It appears that the Kilmeri language is dying out and there is no need for a Bible translation into the Kilmeri language.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kilmera
People Name in Country Kilmera
Population in Papua New Guinea 2,600
World Population 2,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Osima
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Kilmera
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 12686
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sandaun Province, Vanimo District near Ossima. 15 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kilmeri (2,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kilmeri 2,600
For Primary Language: Kilmeri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1980)
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 16.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
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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