Miskito in Nicaragua





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Miskito Creoles (MC's) descended from Amerindians and African slaves who were shipwrecked on the eastern side of what is now Nicaragua. Most Miskitos live in the southern part of the now autonomous eastern region. Gordon (1978) says that for MCs language maintenance is the single most important factor in MC identity. MC is the second language of most Miskito's and some Ladinos (Holm 1989). Several MC communities are very isolated with little outside contact. MC is used in homes, Creole neighborhoods, churches, and some workplaces. Most desire an MC N.T. translation. But unless there is some united effort and institutional support of MC language maintenance and development, they may lost their language.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Miskito
People Name in Country Miskito
Population in Nicaragua 223,000
World Population 270,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Misquito, Mosquito, Nicaraguan Black
Country Nicaragua
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Zalaya Department, North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN), from Pearl Lagoon to Black River, coast and lowlands; a concentration in Puerto Cabeza City; Prinzapolka, Tronquera, San Carlos (Río Coco), Waspam, Leimus, Bocana de Paiwas, Karawala, Sangnilaya,.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Miskito (223,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Miskito 223,000
For Primary Language: Miskito

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1889-1958)
New Testament Yes   (1905-1975)
Complete Bible Yes   (1999)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Miskitu Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Miskitu Bible Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Miskito Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Miskito Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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