Yaqay, Sohur in Indonesia

The Yaqay have only been reported in Indonesia
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

It is estimated that less than half of the Yaqay speakers have understood the gospel but there is are several Protestant and Catholic churches in the area. They live by primarily hunting, gathering and fishing. But the Yaqay people also plant trees and gather sandalwood, gaharu and frankincense in surrounding in the swampland surroundings. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level the Yaqay people can best be accessed by boat. There is an airstrip in Kepi and a road is being built to Mur. Some motorcycles are available for local travel. The Yaqay people inter-marry with the nearby Auyu people. Upon death the Yaqay people are often buried in shallow graves after a church funeral.

There are 3 junior high schools in the language area and 1 high school. There are already a few books and catechisms in the Yaqay language.

The women primarily do housework, gather and prepare sago, catch fish, and raise children. The clothing people wear is generally modern but some children with sago leaves or nothing at all. The people eat sago, fish, bananas, coconut, rice, noodles, and canned items. The Yaqay have knives, steel axes, bows and arrows; some also have generators, chain saws, and boat motors. Some houses are stilted off the ground and made of from sago trees in a hexagonal or square shape; some are made of cement construction. In Wanggate there are at least 2 generators, Kepi has PLN electricity but no telephones are in the language area except in Mur. The leaders are village, religious, school heads. The people get their drinking water generally from the river, but sometimes from rain. A midwife or health worker is assigned to each village but some don't live there; malaria, leprosy and TB are common communication. The Yaqay people have no gospel cassettes, films or videos in their language. There are at least 8 Catholic churches in the language area including a Catholic and a Protestant fellowship church in Kotup.

The Yaqay are sometimes known as the Yaqai, Jakai, Sohur, Mapi or Jaqai people. They prefer to be called Yaqay. Linggua(northern), Dagemon-Tagaimon Sino(southern) are some of this language's dialects. The Yaqay have regular contact with the Awyu, Asue among others. Both Indonesian and Yaqay are used at home and at church.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Yaqay, Sohur in Indonesia.


Profile Source:   GMI Papua  
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People Name General Yaqay
People Name in Country Yaqay, Sohur
World Population 16,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Mapi, Sohur, Yanyula
People ID 15991
ROP3 Code 110983
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Papua Province, Mappi regency, south coast along Obaa river north to Gandaimu area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Papua Province, Mappi regency, south coast along Obaa river north to Gandaimu area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Yaqay (16,000 speakers)
Language Code jaq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Yaqay (16,000 speakers)
Language Code jaq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Yaqay

Primary Language:  Yaqay

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
60.00 %
Ethnic Religions
40.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source GMI Papua 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source GMI Papua  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more