Kwato in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Kwato only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Waube people live in Madang Province of Papua New Guinea. Most Waube speakers live in mountain villages off the coast of Astrolabe Bay. Some Waube settlements have been established along the Madang-Lae Highway. The Waube cultivate gardens, consuming much of the produce themselves and selling any excess at markets. Their primary crops are sweet potato, taro, bananas, pineapple, and peanuts. Cash crops include cacao and vanilla.

Before the Second World War, the Lutheran Church established a mission station at Keku, which is on the border between the Waube and Amowe language areas. The Lutherans translated a liturgy book into the Waube language, but there are no longer any copies available. Around the time of the Second World War, the Lutheran station was closed. The denomination no longer has a presence in the area. Currently, Evangelical Brethren Church (EBC) is the most active church in the area, with churches in 8 of the 9 Waube villages. There are also three Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) churches, two South Seas Evangelical (SSEC) Churches and one New Apostolic church.

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People Name General Kwato
People Name in Country Kwato
Population in Papua New Guinea 1,900
World Population 1,900
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Kwato
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 12918
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Madang Province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Waube: Kwato (1,900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Waube: Kwato 1,900
For Primary Language: Waube

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 22.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
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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