Enkelembu Kanum in Papua New Guinea

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Many are registered as Catholics or Christians but traditional religious influences are strong.

They primarily live by fishing and farming in the swampy lowlands. Their land is at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level. The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people can best be accessed by automobile or motorcycle from the Merauke road to their area.

They are reported to have come from the east-beyond the Papua New Guinea border.

The people eat fish, sago, and vegetables. There is a SSB radio in Yanggandur, and a diesel generator that provides some power in the town of Rawa Biru. The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people have no gospel cassettes, films, or videos in their language.

The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people are sometimes known as the Enkelembu, Knwne, or Kenume people. The Kanum, Ngkalmpw people generally use Kanum, Ngkalmpw when talking among family members at home.

Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Kanum, Enkelembu in Papua New Guinea.

Profile Source:   GMI Papua  

People Name General Kanum, Enkelembu
People Name in Country Kanum, Enkelembu
Natural Name Enkelembu Kanum
Alternate Names Enkelembu
Population this Country 500
Population all Countries 700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12506
ROP3 Code 104601
ROP25 Code 303676
ROP25 Name Kanum
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
30.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Kanum, Ngkalmpw (500 speakers)
Language Code kcd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kanum, Ngkalmpw (500 speakers)
Language Code kcd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kanum, Ngkalmpw

Primary Language:  Kanum, Ngkalmpw

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Photo Source GMI Papua 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source GMI Papua 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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