Sanio in Papua New Guinea

The Sanio have only been reported in Papua New Guinea
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Introduction / History

In 1966 the Saniyo People had their first contact with the outside world by a team of Christian anthropologists, living with them. Ron and Sandy Lewis began living among the people for forty some years, completing the Saniyo New Testament in 2005.


Where Are they Located?

The Saniyo people live in the East Sepik province in Papua New Guinea about 100 miles up river from from the government station of Ambunti. They live along the banks and surrounding area of Wogamous River, south of the Sepik River.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are considered a hunter and gatherer society. Their diet primarily consists of sago, supplemented with jungle greens, coconuts, pineapples and a few vegetables they plant in jungle gardens. The men hunt wild pigs and other animals. The women spend their time processing the sago starch.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Traditional, their belief is animism and they spend most of their time placating and manipulating the spirits. The spirits of their dead remain in the village area helping the hunters or taking revenge on those people who harmed them during their life. Several churches have entered the area and have had an impact on their lives.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sanio in Papua New Guinea.

* Pray that the people use their scripture in their daily lives.
* Pray that the outside mining company will build their pipeline away from the Saniyo area.
* Pray that they will grow spiritually.


References

Author's own experience living with the group for 40 years.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Sanio
People Name in Country Sanio
World Population 2,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Nakiai
People ID 14731
ROP3 Code 108658
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East Sepik province: Ambunti district, Wogamus river basin foothills; Sandaun province: Telefomin district, southeast of Wano river; Hiyowe dialect: Maposi village; Saniyo dialect: Hanasi, Malapute’e, Pukapuki, Salunapi, and Sio villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East Sepik province: Ambunti district, Wogamus river basin foothills; Sandaun province: Telefomin district, southeast of Wano river; Hiyowe dialect: Maposi village; Saniyo dialect: Hanasi, Malapute’e, Pukapuki, Salunapi, and Sio villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Saniyo-Hiyewe (2,000 speakers)
Language Code sny   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Saniyo-Hiyewe (2,000 speakers)
Language Code sny   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Saniyo-Hiyewe

Primary Language:  Saniyo-Hiyewe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1983-1984)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2004-2014)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Owane Sitewi lo Peri Te'e Naneiyei He'i
Text / Printed Matter Scripture text - download
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 30.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
90.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
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