Misima-Paneati, Tokunu in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Misima-Paneati only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Misima 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. Although Misima Island is about 25 miles long, most of the islands are tiny, only a mile or two in length.

The people of the Misima 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 Misima 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, and others, particularly on Misima, follow "cargo cults" a religion "based around the expected arrival of ancestral spirits in ships bringing cargoes of food and other goods."

Misima is the dominant language among the islands. 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 Misima-Paneati
People Name in Country Misima-Paneati, Tokunu
Population in Papua New Guinea 25,000
World Population 25,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Tokunu
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Misima-Paneati
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 13738
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, Misima Island, Panaieti, and all the islands of the Calvados Chain. 32 villages.   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: Misima-Panaeati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1894-2010)
New Testament Yes   (1947-1998)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Scripture MP3 files - download Audio Recordings
Scripture text - download Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 16.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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