Kamoro in Indonesia

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Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Kamoro
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 13,000
World Population: 13,000
Primary Language: Kamoro
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 65.00 %
Evangelicals: 4.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: New Guinea
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Kamoro people work in fishing, marketing, sago-processing, and hunting along their coastal lands. The coastal and river dwellers can best be accessed by boat but some Kamoro people level at higher altitudes. They have traditionally been a semi-nomadic people.

Many Kamoro people believe they don't have a lot of goods because although their ancestors are sending goods for them, outsiders are intercepting the goods. Many Kamoro people now live in Etna Bay-government center. The main diet of the Kamoro people is sago and fish. The Kamoro people are known for their wooden canoe ornaments and houses for rituals. Individual clans look up to the clan leader. The Kamoro people have no gospel cassette, film, or videos in their language. Both the Catholic Church in Indonesia and the Evangelical Christian Church in Irian Jaya have worship facilities in the language area.

The Kamoro are sometimes known as the Kamora, Mimika, Lakahia, Nagramadu, Umari, Mukamuga, Neferipi, Nefarpi, Maswena, Nafa, Kaokonau, or Umar people. Tarya, Yamur, Nanesa are three Kamoro language dialects. The Kamoro people have regular contact with other coastal people. The Kamoro language is part of the Asmat-Kamoro language family.

Text Source:   GMI Papua