Setaman in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Setaman only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Setaman people live in an extremely isolated area of the rugged Star Mountains of western Papua New Guinea. In three villages high in the mountains, they live much as their ancestors did in generations past. They live in houses built from traditional materials, cook food harvested in their gardens over wood fires, and carry their water from nearby streams. They have had some contact with outsiders and now wear western-style clothing and occasionally make the four-day hike to the nearest town to buy rice, salt or soap.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Setaman people's first contact with Christianity came in the mid 1960s, and now each of the three Setaman villages has a Catholic Church. However, the absence of Scripture in the Setaman language and lack of trained church leaders makes it difficult for the believers to grow and easy for them to fall back on their traditional beliefs. There are no health facilities or schools in the Setaman area. As a result, overall health is poor, life expectancy is low, and education levels are very low.
Missionaries, both Papua New Guineans and expatriates, could make a big difference in the lives of the Setaman people by translating the Bible, teaching in the church, training local church leaders, and helping establish schools, community literacy programs, and health facilities.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Setaman
People Name in Country Setaman
Population in Papua New Guinea 400
World Population 400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Setaman
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 14875
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sandaun Province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Setaman (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Setaman 400
For Primary Language: Setaman

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.00 %)
45.00 %
Ethnic Religions
55.00 %
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 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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