Wagawaga, Deamuni in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Wagawaga only in Papua New Guinea





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Main Language


Introduction / History

The Wagawaga people of Papua New Guinea live on the shoreline across the bay from Alotau in Milne Bay Province. Their staple foods include sweet potatoes and yams from their gardens, supplemented with leafy greens from the gardens and fish from the bay. The Wagawaga people also occasionally hunt for animals such as pig and cuscus in the bush. They cook most of their food in coconut milk, which is made by squeezing shredded coconut in water.

Due to the presence of a nearby timber company, many people build their houses of lumber off-cuts that they buy inexpensively from the company. Those that do not use lumber build their houses with wood and palm tree materials. Some people have running water as well. Houses are organized into small family blocks called hamlets, each consisting of only a few houses. Most of the hamlets are located on or near the shore and some are also located further inland. The hamlets together form four different communities: Wagawaga,Gatupa'ana, Bwadabwada and Dawadawa.

The Wagawaga people primarily speak their own vernacular language, also called Wagawaga. Most people speak some English as well, which they learn in school, and many are able to understand neighboring languages to a degree.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Circa 1918 the Kwato church, the largest denomination in the area, was brought to various points on the mainland, including Wagawaga. The churches were non-operational during WWII, at which time people were forced to move out of Wagawaga. After the end of the war, the people moved back and the church reopened.

Many Wagawaga people profess Christianity and some attend church. However, there appears to be a lack of understanding of the gospel among those professing Christianity. There is a need for God's word to be translated into Wagawaga.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Wagawaga
People Name in Country Wagawaga, Deamuni
Population in Papua New Guinea 900
World Population 900
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Daioi, Deamuni
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Wagawaga
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 15816
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Milne Bay Province, Alotau District, Huhu Local Government Area, Milne Bay south shore.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Wagawaga (900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Wagawaga 900
For Primary Language: Wagawaga

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 18.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
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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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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