Kanum, Enkelembu in Papua New Guinea

Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Many are registered as Catholics or Christians but traditional religious influences are strong.

They primarily live by fishing and farming in the swampy lowlands. Their land is at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level. The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people can best be accessed by automobile or motorcycle from the Merauke road to their area.

They are reported to have come from the east-beyond the Papua New Guinea border.

The people eat fish, sago, and vegetables. There is a SSB radio in Yanggandur, and a diesel generator that provides some power in the town of Rawa Biru. The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people have no gospel cassettes, films, or videos in their language.

The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people are sometimes known as the Enkelembu, Knwne, or Kenume people. The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people generally use Kanum, Ngkalmpw when talking among family members at home.

Profile Source:   GMI Papua  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kanum, Enkelembu
People Name in Country Kanum, Enkelembu
Population in Papua New Guinea 400
World Population 600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Enkelembu
People ID 12506
ROP3 Code 104601
Primary Language: Kanum, Ngkalmpw (400 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: kcd   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Kanum, Ngkalmpw (400 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: kcd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Kanum, Ngkalmpw

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
30.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
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 %
Photo Source: GMI Papua  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: GMI Papua  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Copyright © 2016 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.