Uma, Pipikoro in Indonesia

Joshua Project has identified the Uma, Pipikoro only in Indonesia





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Introduction / History

The homeland of the Uma people is the forest-covered mountains near the Lariang River in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The Umas are primarily agriculturalists. Rice and corn are their main food crops, coffee and cacao are their main cash crops. In pre-contact times the Umas were animists and known as occasional headhunters. In 1917 the Salvation Army began church-planting work among Umas. In the decades immediately after WWII they established churches and elementary schools in most Uma villages. Today nearly all the Umas are professing Christians, and many are true believers.

But animistic beliefs and fears still are a part of life for many. The church pervades the Umas' social life, but there is a need for personal faith, spiritual growth and moral transformation. The Uma New Testament was published in 1996 and has been widely distributed in some villages, but the personal use of the Scriptures is low for most Umas. The Umas, along with some neighboring mountain people groups such as Moma, Napu, Besoa, and Bada, are Christian minorities surrounded by large people groups that are predominantly Muslim. Most Uma villages are a day's walk from the nearest car road, though motorcycles are now able to reach some of the central villages. But thanks to the efforts of the Salvation Army the level of health, nutrition and education is higher than one would expect in such remote villages.

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Pray for Sulawesi
People Name General Uma, Pipikoro
People Name in Country Uma, Pipikoro
Population in Indonesia 29,000
World Population 29,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Pipikoro, Uma
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Kaili-Tomini of Sulawesi
People Name General Uma, Pipikoro
Ethnic Code MSY44p
People ID 18880
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Central Sulawesi, Donggala District, South Kulawi and Pipikoro subdistricts, Pipikoro, `banks of the Koro' and Lariang `Koro' rivers. 32 villages. Bana in South Sulawesi, Luwu Utara District, enclave within the Seko Padang [skx] dialect area; Benggaulu in.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uma (29,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Uma 29,000
For Primary Language: Uma

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1984-1989)
New Testament Yes   (1996)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
50.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
0.00 %
20.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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