Wahgi, North in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Wahgi, North only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The North Wahgi people live on the northeast edge of the expansive Wahgi Valley. Their valley is located in the mountainous region of central mainland Papua New Guinea (PNG). With a population of approximately fifty thousand, they are one of the largest people groups in PNG. The cool climate in the valley along with the altitude makes it an ideal place to grow coffee. Sweet potatoes, beans, bananas and corn are also grown. It is also an excellent location to grow leafy green vegetables due to the abundant rainfall. Goats are raised on the slopes along with chickens and some cattle. Much of the family income, however, comes from subsistence gardening.

Although Christianity is the major religion, most of the people still practice their traditional religion as well. These practices include black magic and sorcery. Also, vigilante killings are all but uncommon. Only twenty-five percent of the eligible secondary school students are actually enrolled. Both the language of instruction and the textbooks are in English. Literacy in the mother tongue is very low, and there are no active literacy programs.

There are paved roads between towns, but four-wheel drive vehicles are still needed to reach most destinations. Most of the transportation is still done by foot. At the present time, the greatest need is Bible translation. People are needed to organize and train pastors for translation while simultaneously setting up a literacy program to enable the people to be able to read the translation.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Wahgi, North
People Name in Country Wahgi, North
Population in Papua New Guinea 52,000
World Population 52,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Banz-Nondugl, North Wahgi
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Wahgi, North
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 15819
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western Highlands Province, Minj District, into Simbu Province, Wahgi River north side, and both sides of Sepik-Wahgi Divide.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Wahgi, North (52,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Wahgi, North 52,000
For Primary Language: Wahgi, North

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2006)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 22.00 %)
96.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
25.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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