Enets, Yenisei Samoyed in Russia

Joshua Project has identified the Enets, Yenisei Samoyed only in Russia






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Enets consider themselves to be the indigenous inhabitants of the Taimyr Peninsula. The main activities have always been hunting and fishing. They have also been nomadic people, dependent on the rhythms of their environment. Although Christianization occurred in the 18th century, it was very superficial, and shamanism and animism have survived until the present day. Under Soviet rule the life of the Enets changed considerably, turning them into a settled people, and that turned their whole life upside down.

Ministry Obstacles

The Enets people live in the far north of Russia where winters can be brutal. No Christian resources are reported as available in the Enets' language.

Outreach Ideas

Younger people in the tribe may speak Russian, and many good resources are available in the Russian language. Perhaps Russian speaking believers from other tribes will carry the Gospel message to the Enets people. Pray to this end.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

A handful of Russian Orthodox is reported to be among this tribe. Pray these will develop a close and personal relationship with Christ, and will influence the entire tribe for him.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray these people who live close to nature will be able to find sufficient food, and will have adequate medical care.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-03-11
People Name General Enets, Yenisei Samoyed
People Name in Country Enets, Yenisei Samoyed
Population in Russia 200
World Population 200
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Enets
Affinity Bloc Turkic Peoples
People Cluster Ural-Siberian
People Name General Enets, Yenisei Samoyed
Ethnic Code MSY41h
People ID 16024
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Taimyr National Okrug; along Yenisei River's lower course, upstream from Dudinka. Forest variety is in Dudinka region, Potapovo settlement.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Enets, Forest (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Enets, Forest 200
For Primary Language: Enets, Forest

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
80.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
16.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
100.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Norwegian Polar Institute  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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