Tapei in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Tapei only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tapei language, also called Mem, is spoken by almost 300 people who live along the Arafundi River in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. There are only two villages where Tapei is spoken — Awim and Imboin.

The people's staple food is sago, a starchy food made from the processed trunk of the sago palm. They also eat some garden produce, such as bananas and greens.

The Catholic Church began working in the Tapei area in the mid 1970s. Most people in this language group would call themselves Christians, although in fact many are only nominal Believers.

The whole Bible is available in Tok Pisin, Papua New Guinea's national and major trade languages. This is the language most commonly used in church, but the vernacular is also used to some extent. Many people (especially women and children) have limited proficiency in Tok Pisin.

Cross-cultural missionaries are needed to assist in Bible translation. An oral approach (such as recordings or Bible storytelling) could be helpful in this area.

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People Name General Tapei
People Name in Country Tapei
Population in Papua New Guinea 400
World Population 400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Tapei
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 19795
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; Awim and Imboin villages, Arafundi River area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tapei (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tapei 400
For Primary Language: Tapei

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 2.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
80.00 %
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 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
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