Nanubae in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Nanubae only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Nanubae people live in three villages in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea, two of which are along the Arafundi River.

Their staple food is sago, a flour processed from the trunk of the sago palm. The people supplement their diet with fish they catch in the river.

There are two dialects of the Nanubae language. One is spoken in the village of Imanmeri and the other in two other villages, Yamandim and Wambrumas.

Canoes are the main form of transportation.

The Catholic Church began working in the Nanubae area around 1960. In 1992 the PNG Revival Church established a small congregation in Imanmeri. Although most of the people would claim to be Christian, some are only nominal Christians and still use traditional religious rituals such as magic for hunting and fishing and attracting women. Fear of evil spirits and belief in their power is common.

There are elementary schools in Imanmeri and Yamandim, which use both the vernacular and Tok Pisin.

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People Name General Nanubae
People Name in Country Nanubae
Population in Papua New Guinea 1,700
World Population 1,700
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Nanubae
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 19794
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East Sepik Province, Karawari Rural District; Imanmeri, Wambrumas and Yamandim villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nanubae (1,700)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nanubae 1,700
For Primary Language: Nanubae

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
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