Suain in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Suain only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The speakers of Ulau-Suain live in the villages of Ulau, Suain and Tawak. Ulau and Suain are located on the Sepik coast and Tawak is located a little way inland. Ulau and Suain are broken into many smaller hamlets, with people living in clan groups.

People collect building materials for their houses from their own land, having ready access to sago palms, bamboo and other building materials. Most houses are built on stilts. There are now some semi-permanent houses with corrugated iron roofs.

People in the Ulau-Suain area mainly eat sago, made by processing pith of the sago palm. Sago can be cooked in a variety of different ways, the most common of which is to mix it with hot water and form small balls with a jelly-like consistency. People also have gardens where they grow fruit, greens and assorted tubers.

The Catholic Church was the first denomination to evangelize the Ulau-Suain area. They did some work before World War 2, but did not become really established until after the war. They started the two primary schools in the area. Most people would still claim affiliation to the Catholic Church although, since the 1970s, other denominations have started churches in the area.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Suain
People Name in Country Suain
Population in Papua New Guinea 3,800
World Population 3,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Suain
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 15096
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sandaun Province, Ulau 1, Ulau 2, Suain coastal area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ulau-Suain (3,800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ulau-Suain 3,800
For Primary Language: Ulau-Suain

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
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 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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