Nara, Pokau in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Nara, Pokau only in Papua New Guinea





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Introduction / History

The Lala people live in villages scattered along the Hiritano Highway and the coast of the Gulf of Papua, NW of Port Moresby, the nation's capital. They live in clans, often with several clans living together in one village. The traditional chieftan system is still in place, although chiefs do not have the same level of authority as they held in the past.

Wallaby hunting is a source of income, as well as an important source of protein in the Lala diet, which also includes starchy "cooking" bananas (the staple food), coconut, bread, bandicoot, and breadfruit.

Traditionally, construction materials were obtained solely from the land. However, today Lala village construction employs a combination of natural materials, such as bamboo and palm leaves (for thatched roofs), and modern materials such as sawn timber, nails, and corrugated roofing iron.

The Lala people adopted Christianity after the arrival of missionaries from the Catholic Church and the London Missionary Society in the 19th century. Despite the official practice of Christianity, belief in some elements of the traditional religion remains strong. The Lala people read the Bible in English in church, even though they do not fully understand it.

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People Name General Nara, Pokau
People Name in Country Nara, Pokau
Population in Papua New Guinea 4,000
World Population 4,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Nara, Pokau
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Nara, Pokau
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 19107
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central Province, between Kuni and Waima, just inland from the coast, south of Yule Island.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lala (4,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lala 4,000
For Primary Language: Lala

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 15.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
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