Sota Kanum in Papua New Guinea

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Most Kanum, Sota speakers are registered as Catholics or Christians but traditional religious influences are strong. There is a Protestant church in Sota.

They primarily live by fishing and farming in their swampy lowlands of less than 100 meters above sea level.The Kanum, Sota people can best be accessed by car or motorcycle using the road from Merauke.

Many in the Sota village went to Papua New Guinea in mid-1980s and more went there after transmigration camps started being founded close-by in the mid-1990s. The Kanum, Sota people are reported to have come from the Papua New Guinea side many years ago.

The people eat fish, sago, and vegetables. National Electric Enterprise furnishes electricity to the town of Soto but there are no telephones. The Kanum, Sota people have no gospel cassettes, films or videos in their language.

The Kanum, Sota people are sometimes known as the Enkelembu, Knwne, or Kenume people. The Kanum, Sota people use the Kanum, Sota language at home with family members.

Prayer Points

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

Profile Source:   GMI Papua  

People Name General Kanum, Sota
People Name in Country Kanum, Sota
Natural Name Sota Kanum
Alternate Names
Population this Country 500
Population all Countries 600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12507
ROP3 Code 104603
ROP25 Code 303676
ROP25 Name Kanum
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
35.00 %
Ethnic Religions
65.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Kanum, Sota (500 speakers)
Language Code krz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kanum, Sota (500 speakers)
Language Code krz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kanum, Sota

Primary Language:  Kanum, Sota

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source GMI Papua 
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