Kanowit is a town and the capital of a district of the same name. The town takes its name from the Kanowit, a Melanau ethnic group. The Kanowit language is still spoken, and there still are some Kanowit people living in the Kanowit area. However, the language may be doomed to extinction. The village where Kanowit people live is called Kampung Bedil, a short trip by boat up the Rajang River from Kanowit town. There have been talks of relocating the village to another site as severe erosion of the banks of the Rajang River will soon wash away the remaining houses there.
The Kanowit are a tiny tribe and are losing their language. It may be difficult to even find them.
Gospel recordings are available in the language of the Kanowit. Pray for those who will take these to the people.
There may be a handful of Christians in the tribe, but this is uncertain. Pray for divinely appointed encounters between the Kanowit and believers who will recognize the opportunity to share the gospel with them
Pray this tribe will be able to provide stable housing to replace housing in danger of being washed away by the Rajang river.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Kanowit|
|People Name in Country||Kanowit|
|Population in Malaysia||500|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Persecution Rank||23 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Sarawak, Sibu Division, middle stretch Rejang River. Kanowit dialect downstream from Tanjong dialect. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong (500 speakers)|
|Language Code||kxn Ethnologue Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|