Asmat, Casuarina Coast in Indonesia

The Asmat, Casuarina Coast have only been reported in Indonesia
Population
13,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

By occupation they are primarily farmers, fishermen, hunters, loggers and wood-carvers. They also search for and gather aloe (resin) in the coastal swamps. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level the Asmat, Casuarina Coast people can best be accessed by boat. The nearest airstrip is in Kamur which is serviced intermittently by Merpati.

The Asmat, Casuarina Coast speakers are sometimes known as the Kaweinag people. With their own family the Asmats use the Asmat, Casuarina Coast language and they use both the Indonesian and Asmat, Casuarina Coast languages with their friends.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The clothing people wear is generally modern but in some villages the children don't wear any clothes. The people eat sago, fish, bananas and other fruit, as well as hunt animals. The Asmat, Casuarina Coast people have tools like machetes, steel axes, bow and arrows, and shovels. Some houses are built on stilts with leaf roofs, sago branch floor, and sago stem walls. If salty sea water floods inland (as it often does) the Asmats depend on the sometimes scarce rain for drinking. They sometimes boil the water they get from their wells or the river. Malaria, diarrhea, respiratory and skin infections are common. The Asmats would like money for education, boat and generator motors. The Asmat, Casuarina Coast people have no gospel cassettes, film or videos in their language.


What Are Their Beliefs?

It is estimated that less than half of the Asmat, Casuarina Coast speakers have understood the gospel but there are three Bible fellowship churches and a number of Catholic churches in the area.


Profile Source:   GMI Papua  
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People Name General Asmat, Casuarina Coast
People Name in Country Asmat, Casuarina Coast
Population in Indonesia 13,000
World Population 13,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Asmat Casuarina, Casuarina Coast Asmat, Kaweinag
People ID 10457
ROP3 Code 100562
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Papua Province, Mappi regency, Pantai Kasuari and Edera subdistricts. Casuarina Coast from Ewta river north, to Kuti river south, and inland.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Papua Province, Mappi regency, Pantai Kasuari and Edera subdistricts. Casuarina Coast from Ewta river north, to Kuti river south, and inland..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Asmat, Casuarina Coast (13,000 speakers)
Language Code asc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Asmat, Casuarina Coast
Primary Language Asmat, Casuarina Coast (13,000 speakers)
Language Code asc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Asmat, Casuarina Coast

Primary Language:  Asmat, Casuarina Coast

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
60.00 %
Ethnic Religions
40.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
30.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
Photo Source GMI Papua 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source GMI Papua  
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