Uaripi in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Uaripi only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tairuma people, whose language is also called Tairuma, which means "peaceful waters," live in eight villages in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. They have a strong group identity and are proud to be Tairuma and to speak the Tairuma language.

They support themselves primarily by fishing, cultivating vegetable gardens, and processing sago (which is made from the trunk of the sago palm). They build canoes that are used for transportation as well as for fishing. They also make bracelets called ma'i ta'e, necklaces from seashells and bags called "bilums" which are characteristic not only of the province but also of the country in general. They typically carry these bags on their heads.

With regard to religion, Christianity is predominant, although the lack of Scriptures in their heart language hinders spiritual growth and leads to a misunderstanding of spiritual truths.

Their houses are constructed of lightweight materials – primarily of wood with sago palm leaf roofs.

There are schools in the Tairuma villages. There are no Tairuma textbooks. Education in the early grades is in the mother tongue, while older students are instructed in English.

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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Uaripi
People Name in Country Uaripi
Population in Papua New Guinea 6,000
World Population 6,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Uaripi
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 15676
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Gulf Province, Uaripi and villages near Kerema.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tairuma (6,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tairuma 6,000
For Primary Language: Tairuma

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 20.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
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 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
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