Bakumpai in Indonesia

The Bakumpai have only been reported in Indonesia
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Introduction / History

The Bakumpai are a group of Dayak people who speak the Bakumpai language. The Bakumpai and the Dayak ethnic groups around them share many characteristics. Despite this, the Bakumpai choose to identify themselves as different from the Dayak groups mainly because of their Islamic religion (the Dayak majority are Christian).
The majority of the Bakumpai live near the Barito River, which flows through the province of Central Kalimantan. In Southern Kalimantan, the Bakumpai live in Barito Kuala regency while those in Central Kalimantan live in South Barito regency. Their neighbors in the south are the Banjar people and, in the north, the Ngaju and Maanyan peoples.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The area where the Bakumpai live is crisscrossed with many rivers. Due to this, the Bakumpai have developed technology for water transportation. They usually farm wet fields which depend on the rise and fall of the river. Their other work includes cultivation of unirrigated fields, fishing in the rivers, trade and production of household tools.
Recognition of kinship among the Bakumpai follows the Banjar bilateral system. The husband and wife together carry out their important roles within the family. According to the traditions of the Bakumpai, a newly married couple may choose their place to live. They may choose to live with the husband's relatives, with the wife's relatives, or separately in their own home. The system of dividing inheritance follows the rules of Islam.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Generally, the Bakumpai are followers of Islam. The influence of Islam can be seen in almost every aspect of their lives: in their social system, their extended family relationships and even in their artistic endeavors. Marabahan, the center of the area where the Bakumpai live, has already produced many famous Islamic teachers who have spread Islamic teaching as far as the source of the Barito River.
The Bakumpai population is steadily increasing, not only because of offspring, but also through the entrance of Dayak Christians who join the Bakumpai by converting to Islam. In fact, if a Dayak changes from Christianity or Kaharingan (traditional religion) to Islam, he or she will consider himself Bakumpai and use the Bakumpai language even when speaking to his own Dayak people group or even his family.


What Are Their Needs?

Currently the Bakumpai need technological improvement in agricultural methods to facilitate development of their swampy land. Their irrigation system is not dependable, being dependent on the rise and fall of the tides, either from the sea or from the branches of the Barito River. The Bakumpai need more medical attention, clinics and medical personnel.


Prayer Points

Ask God to send gospel workers to the Bakumpai who can help them develop more effective irrigation and agricultural methods.
Pray also for workers to build and staff medical clinics and improve the Bakumpai's health care.
Pray for the completion of a translation of scripture into the Bakumpai language and for opportunities to show the JESUS film, already available in the language.
Ask God to raise up a disciple-making movement among the Bakumpai that will draw entire households to himself and transform them into multiplying house churches.


Scripture Prayers for the Bakumpai in Indonesia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bakumpai
People Name in Country Bakumpai
Alternate Names
Population this Country 169,000
Population all Countries 169,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
People ID 10597
ROP3 Code 100828
ROP25 Code 300750
ROP25 Name Bakumpai
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 42  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kalimantan Tengah Province, Kapuas, Barito Selatan, and Barito Utara regencies, Kapuas and Barito rivers, northeast of Kuala Kapuas; possibly into southernmost Murung Raya regency.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 42  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kalimantan Tengah Province, Kapuas, Barito Selatan, and Barito Utara regencies, Kapuas and Barito rivers, northeast of Kuala Kapuas; possibly into southernmost Murung Raya regency..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Bakumpai in Indonesia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.03 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
13.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
85.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Bakumpai (169,000 speakers)
Language Code bkr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bakumpai (169,000 speakers)
Language Code bkr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bakumpai

Primary Language:  Bakumpai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2021)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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National Bible Societies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bakumpai Jesus Film Project
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
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Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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