Washkuk, Kwoma in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Washkuk only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kwoma people live in the Waskuk Hills of the East Sepik Province and the adjacent low-lying country to the north and west. The hill areas rise to about 486 meters. Villages in the low areas are scattered along branches of the Sanchi River. The Kwoma people are divided into two dialect areas: The Nukuma dialect in the lowlands, and the Kwoma dialect in the hills. While there are some linguistic differences between the dialects, socially there are strong feelings about the differences. Each dialect group desires their own New Testament.

The Kwoma are farmers, and survive on sago (a starchy staple food made by processing the inside of the trunk of the sago palm) and garden crops such as banana, taro, yam, and greens. In addition to growing crops for personal consumption, they also engage in cash cropping and sell coffee and coco.

Recently (2002-2003), they have also started planting vanilla, a lucrative crop. A translation of the New Testament in Kwoma was completed in 1975, but the people feel that it is hard to understand and have persistently made requests for a revision. The Nukuma dialect speakers have also made a request for a translation in their dialect.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Washkuk
People Name in Country Washkuk, Kwoma
Population in Papua New Guinea 4,100
World Population 4,100
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kwoma
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Washkuk
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 15881
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East Sepik Province, Ambunti District, Sepik and Sanchi river areas. 12 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
For Primary Language: Kwoma

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1968)
New Testament Yes   (1975)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: God riiti maji kepi Text / Printed Matter
Scripture text - download Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 19.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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