Tairuma in Papua New Guinea

The Tairuma have only been reported in Papua New Guinea
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Tairuma people, whose language is also called Tairuma, which means "peaceful waters," live in eight villages in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. They have a strong group identity and are proud to be Tairuma and to speak the Tairuma language.

They support themselves primarily by fishing, cultivating vegetable gardens, and processing sago (which is made from the trunk of the sago palm). They build canoes that are used for transportation as well as for fishing. They also make bracelets called ma'i ta'e, necklaces from seashells and bags called "bilums" which are characteristic not only of the province but also of the country in general. They typically carry these bags on their heads.

With regard to religion, Christianity is predominant, although the lack of Scriptures in their heart language hinders spiritual growth and leads to a misunderstanding of spiritual truths.

Their houses are constructed of lightweight materials – primarily of wood with sago palm leaf roofs.

There are schools in the Tairuma villages. There are no Tairuma textbooks. Education in the early grades is in the mother tongue, while older students are instructed in English.


Prayer Points

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Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Tairuma
People Name in Country Tairuma
World Population 6,800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Uaripi
People ID 15676
ROP3 Code 110347
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Gulf province: Uaripi and villages near Kerema.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Gulf province: Uaripi and villages near Kerema..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Tairuma (6,800 speakers)
Language Code uar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tairuma (6,800 speakers)
Language Code uar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tairuma

Primary Language:  Tairuma

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2013)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 20.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
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
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
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Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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