Nukna in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Nukna only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

In Morobe Province, seven villages between the Sari River to the west and the Timbe River to the east, speak Nukna as their mother tongue. Apalap, Siang, Hamelengan, Lumus, Sunde, and Komutu are nestled in the Sarawaget Mountains. Although the trails between these villages are steep, they are relatively close to each other in comparison with Bit, the seventh Nukna village, which lies on the east coast of Papua New Guinea.

The inhabitants of these villages derive their principal sustenance from the cultivation of taro, sweet potatoes, and yams, as well as greens and marita, the fruit of the pandanas plant. Their land also produces cucumbers, squash, and a variety of fruits, such as coconuts, watermelons, bananas, pineapples, and papayas. They raise chickens and pigs and hunt to supplement their diet. Goods are bought and sold in the larger villages and towns, such as Yalumet, Wasu, Derim, and Lae, the provincial capital, as well as in neighboring villages, where they frequently exchange household implements, spears, bows and arrows, and pigs.

Although they speak the same language, the people of Bit have a somewhat different lifestyle from the other villages in the language area, due to their coastal location. In addition to cultivating the crops mentioned above, the men fish, carve canoes, and grow coffee, and the women string necklaces and bracelets of the shells and exotic stones they collect on the beach. These products are sold in Wasu and Madang.

The Nukna celebrate to the sound of guitars, kundus (drums), and harmonizing voices, not only on special occasions, such as Independence Day, New Year's Day or weddings, but also in informal gatherings. In their singsings (traditional style music and dance, now often done with Christian songs), the dancers adorn themselves and wear animal-shaped headdresses made of feathers that sway gracefully as they dance.

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People Name General Nukna
People Name in Country Nukna
Population in Papua New Guinea 1,100
World Population 1,100
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Nukna
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 12769
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Morobe Province, lower Timbe River valley.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nukna (1,100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nukna 1,100
For Primary Language: Nukna

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Bible: Ruth and Mark in Nukna Text / Printed Matter
Scripture text - download Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 26.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
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 %
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
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