Tugutil, Teluk Lili in Indonesia

Joshua Project has identified the Tugutil only in Indonesia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tugutil are located in several remote mountain range in mid-Halmahera of the Maluku Islands. They lived in very small group consist of 3 or 5 family and each group don't communicate one to each other. The eldest or chieftain is the main person on the group. Sometimes one Tugutil group attacks another Tugutil group for reasons not presently known. They speak "Tobelo" language with old accent – very few outsiders in the area can speak this language. They live on mountain range and always avoiding contact with coastal tribe, the Sawai tribe, the main tribe in mid Halmahera. The Tugutil provide for themselves by hunting or gardening.

What Are Their Beliefs?

From the local information, they were animism (worshiping the spirit in their surroundings include their ancestors. But, long time ago some of Tugutil converting to Christianity, some to Islam particularly those which lived closed to coast. There is a church on Lelilef - nearest village to the Tugutil that was started by an American evangelist.

What Are Their Needs?

There is concern about the continued existence of the Lugutil homeland as there are significant mining projects underway in their area. These mining projects could cause the Tugutil to lose their natural living condition, and they will move out and find other places to live. There is not a similar remote place like they have now because other places have already being taken over by logging companies.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tugutil
People Name in Country Tugutil, Teluk Lili
Population in Indonesia 3,200
World Population 3,200
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Teluk Lili
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Maluku-Northern
People Name General Tugutil
Ethnic Code AON10c
People ID 15618
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North Maluku, north Halmahera Island, inland around Kusuri, inland in Kecamatan Tobelo, Taboulamo area in Kecamatan Kao, the pass between Lolobata and Buli in Kecamatan Wasilei, Dodaga and Tutuling rivers, Akelamo and Mabulan rivers in Kecamatan Maba, Tan.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tugutil (3,200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tugutil 3,200
For Primary Language: Tugutil

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 2.00 %)
8.00 %
Ethnic Religions
92.00 %
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 %
75.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
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