Vanimo in Papua New Guinea


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Vanimo language group is said to have come from the area of Lake Sentani, now part of Indonesia. They traveled along the coast of New Guinea over onehundred years ago to where they are now settled in three villages, between Vanimo town and the Papua New Guinea and Indonesia border. Lonely Planet says, "The coast between Vanimo and the Indonesian border is crammed with superb beaches, waterholes and lagoons, pretty creeks and picturesque villages."

The Vanimo men fish the lagoons and reefs, going out in outrigger canoes from which they stand, balanced to throw their spears at the reef fish. The women, some marked with tattoos and scarification patterns, make clay cooking pots. Traditional culture, however, is not what it used to be, having assimilated to it the Catholic church, the village club for drinking beer and watching videos, and the typical Papua New Guinea markers of development—tin roofing, tin meat, a generator, and rice. One observer reported that for one traditional singsing—drums, dancing, chanting, costumes, spirits—the people from Warimo village brought in a truck load of beer, and they wore second hand clothes under their leaves and feathers.

Despite the fact that a fair amount of Western influence has seeped into their lives, their mother tongue is still of great importance to them. Tok Pisin is secondary to the Vanimo language, and the people expect to be using it far into the future. The only place where Vanimo is not the dominant language is in the church.

Some things remain the same and some things have changed in the way that the Vanimo people live, but the fact remains that Satan uses both old and new to keep his hold on the Vanimo people. There is a need for a Bible in the Vanimo language in that there is a need for the Vanimo people to come to a knowledge of the Truth.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Vanimo in Papua New Guinea.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Vanimo
People Name in Country Vanimo
Alternate Names Manimo
Population this Country 5,300
Population all Countries 6,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15771
ROP3 Code 110505
ROP25 Code 308551
ROP25 Name Vanimo
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sandaun province: Vanimo district. 3 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 Sandaun province: Vanimo district. 3 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Dumo (5,300 speakers)
Language Code vam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Dumo (5,300 speakers)
Language Code vam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dumo

Primary Language:  Dumo

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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