Sauk in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Sauk only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

The Ma Manda (sometimes called Saut Manda) people live on the southern slopes of the Saruwaged mountain range at the headwaters of the Erap river in Morobe Province. The six Ma Manda villages are situated on level areas of steep mountains and separated from each other by deep valleys.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The people live off the produce from their gardens: taro, sweet potato, greens, bananas and other kinds of fruit. The people also plant betelnut, tobacco and coffee for cash crops.

The villages are between 1000 and 1600 meters above sea level so the nights can be quite cool and people sleep next to fire pits that are in the center of every room. Houses are built on posts one to one and a half meters off the ground. The walls are constructed with either woven bamboo or handmade planks and the roofs are thatched with broad bamboo leaves or grass.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Lutheran church entered the area in the 1950s and since then has established a congregation in every village. When the church came in the people left behind their old ways of fighting. The Lutheran mission set up schools that taught Kâte, a language from the eastern coast, to the children until the 1960s. The Bible and liturgy books are available in Kâte and are still used in the church along with Tok Pisin, the language of wider communication. The younger generation doesn't understand Kâte, the older generation has low proficiency in Tok Pisin and there are no scriptures or liturgy available in Ma Manda, so all three languages are used during church services.

What Are Their Needs?

The Ma Manda people are dissatisfied with their situation but they don't have Scripture in their own language so they don't gain an understanding of God's promises for everyday life.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Sauk
People Name in Country Sauk
Population in Papua New Guinea 1,700
World Population 1,700
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Sauk
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 14785
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Morobe Province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ma Manda: Sauk (1,700)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ma Manda: Sauk 1,700
For Primary Language: Ma Manda

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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.00 %)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
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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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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