Moi, Mosana in Indonesia

Moi, Mosana
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Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Moi, Mosana
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 6,700
World Population: 6,700
Primary Language: Moi
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 70.00 %
Evangelicals: 4.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: New Guinea
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
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Introduction / History

The Moi people collect lawan tree oil and cut lumber, garden, trade; and they sell pigs, casuari, tree kangaroo, and fish. Because the Moi people live along the coast at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level the Moi people can best be accessed by boat.

They have a reputation for being mild people and originally come from the Klawelem area of the Makbon district. They are known to intermarry with the Moraid people.

The Moi people live off of their gardens (fruit, sweet potatoes, bananas, etc), sago, wild game and fish. They are also known for carving on canoes, in caves, making tattoos, and decorating head and shoulder bags (called "noken"). House walls are traditionally made from sago palms and house flooring from the pinang tree. Malaria, rash, and ringworm are common. Their economic lot could be improved if reconciliation was made with Canadian and Indonesian logging companies. The Moi people have no gospel cassettes, films, or videos in their language.

The Moi are sometimes known as the Mosana, Mooi, or Mekwei people and they prefer to be called Mekwei.

Text Source:   GMI Papua