Nimowa, Nimoa in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Nimowa only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Nimoa people live on verdant islands off the southeastern end of Papua New Guinea. Surrounded by coral reefs, the mountainous islands are covered with lush tropical vegetation. Most of the islands are tiny, only a mile or two in length with Panatinane being the largest.

The people of the Nimoa (or Nimowa as it is also spelled) are subsistence farmers and fishermen. Some also grow cash crops such as copra (dried coconut meat) and vanilla. Many dive for sea cucumbers when they are in season. Some also rely on relatives who leave the islands to find work in Papua New Guinea. When they have cash, they will purchase items such as tea, sugar, rice, and canned meat to supplement their diet. In this culture, individuals trace their lineage or clan through their mothers. When someone dies, the people hold feasts over a period of several years to honor the person and his family. The Nimoa get along well with their neighbors, trading with one another, and even intermarrying.

Missionaries introduced Christianity to the region more than 100 years ago, and most of the people identify themselves as Christians. However, some of the people still practice traditional religion.
Misima is the dominant language among the islands. The Nimoa language is closely related and with a lot of travel between the islands, many of the Nimoa people are able to understand and speak Misima. A Misima New Testament is already available in print, audio and electronic formats. The Misima also have portions of six Old Testament books.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Nimowa
People Name in Country Nimowa, Nimoa
Population in Papua New Guinea 1,600
World Population 1,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Nimoa
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Nimowa
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 13400
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Milne Bay Province, Misima District, island group just west of Sud-Est.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
For Primary Language: Nimoa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1979-1984)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
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 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
90.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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