Emerillon in French Guiana

The Emerillon have only been reported in French Guiana
Population
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Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

The Emerillon people were once nomadic. They had their first contact with Europeans in the 1700s. They traded with the Europeans, but also picked up their diseases, and their population declined considerably. Warfare with other tribes also lowered their population.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The staple food of the Emerillon people is manioc. Their food comes from farming manioc, sweet potatoes, yams and bananas. Like their ancestors, the Emerillon men hunt, but now they use rifles rather than bows and arrows.
Emerillon homes are shaped like beehives. People enter via a latter made from wood.
Traditionally they married their cousins, but because of their small numbers, they are becoming more likely to marry outside their tribe. Once they reach puberty, Emerillon people are expected to marry. Both males and females can marry someone far younger or older than themselves.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there is a small Christian presence among the Emerillon, most adhere to their traditional shamanistic religious practices.


What Are Their Needs?

The Emerillon are struggling to survive. They need to find ways to adapt to the modern world.


Prayer Points

Pray for adequate medical and educational opportunities for the Emerillon people.
Pray for Emerillon disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a spiritual hunger and a yearning for truth that will lead Emerillon elders to the cross and the empty grave.


Scripture Prayers for the Emerillon in French Guiana.


References

https://www.everyculture.com/South-America/Emerillon.html
https://video.alexanderstreet.com/watch/confluences-emerillon-of-french-guiana-teacher-s-edition?context=channel:anthropology


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Emerillon
People Name in Country Emerillon
Alternate Names Emerenon
Population this Country 400
Population all Countries 400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11751
ROP3 Code 102912
ROP25 Code 302313
ROP25 Name Emerilon
Country French Guiana
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Cayenne district: Brazil border area, at the confluence of Camopi and Oiapock rivers; Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni district: Maroni river area, on Suriname border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country French Guiana
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Cayenne district: Brazil border area, at the confluence of Camopi and Oiapock rivers; Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni district: Maroni river area, on Suriname border..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.60 %)
8.00 %
Ethnic Religions
92.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Teko (400 speakers)
Language Code eme   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Teko (400 speakers)
Language Code eme   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Teko

Primary Language:  Teko

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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