Nama in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Nama only in Papua New Guinea
Population
1,700
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Nama people live in three villages – Ngaraita, Mata and Daraia. They live in an area of about two hundred square kilometers on the plains near Morehead River in the southern part of the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The Nama people cultivate gardens, which produce taro, sweet potatoes, yams, sago, and greens and also fruits, such as coconuts, bananas, pineapples and papayas. They also fish, hunt deer and wallaby, and raise chickens. They sell some of their garden produce at Morehead market, just a few minutes from Ngaraita.

Marriages are arranged through "sister exchange," where there is ideally an even exchange of brides between villages. New brides will typically move to the village of their new husbands. Marriages are celebrated with singsings, consisting of traditional style music and dance.

Most of the Nama people identify themselves as Christians, and they are very enthusiastic about reading God's Word in their own language. One woman in Mata village said, "Having the Bible only in English is like holding a cold glass of water that we can't drink."


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People Name General Nama
People Name in Country Nama
Population in Papua New Guinea 1,700
World Population 1,700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 5
Alternate Names
People ID 19557
ROP3 Code 115291
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western province: Morehead district, Daraia, Mata, and Ngaraita villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western province: Morehead district, Daraia, Mata, and Ngaraita villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Nama (1,700 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: nmx   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Nama (1,700 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: nmx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Nama

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 22.00 %)
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
20.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
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