Wataluma in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Wataluma only in Papua New Guinea

Population

510

Christian

100.0%

Evangelical

20.0%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The Kaninuwa live in the villages of Sivesive and Kikwanauta. Both villages are located in the north of Goodenough Island, in the province of Milne Bay, southeast Papua New Guinea, around the Catholic mission station of Wataluma. This people group are dedicated to the cultivation of their gardens. They produce taro, yam, sweet potato, sago, and fruits such as coconut, bananas, pineapple and papaya. They also raise chickens and pigs, and fish in the sea. They sell some of the products from their gardens at the Wataluma market, and some people sell them in the provincial capital of Alotau.

The house style of the Kaninuwa people has been changing with the introduction of new materials and architectural styles. Houses are constructed on wood stilts. Roofs are perched and covered with sago palm leaves or sheets of tin. The walls are made of the bark of saksak (sago palm), and the floor is made of the bark of the limbum tree (another kind of palm tree). On average, the household size is 6 people.

Although they are a small group, they are very proud to be Kaninuwa. They have strong feelings for their own language, and they have education in the vernacular during the first three years of primary school. Due to the fact that they are located very close to the Wataluma Catholic Station (where there is a primary and secondary school), many of the Kaninuwa have attended school up to grade 6, 8 or 10.

The majority of the Kaninuwa call themselves Christians, and approximately half of them attend the United Church in Sivesive. However, many keep practicing magic for success in their gardens and hunting. There is not a Bible in their mother tongue.




Profile Source: Anonymous

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Wataluma
People Name in Country Wataluma
Population in Papua New Guinea 510
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Wataluma
Ethnic Code AON09b
Country Papua New Guinea
Continent Australia
Region South Pacific
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Milne Bay Province, Sivesive village, another small one; 2 villages north of Goodenough Island
People Group Map Wataluma in Papua New Guinea PDF Version



Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kaninuwa (500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kaninuwa 500
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
100%    ( Evangelical  20% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
70.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
30.00%
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