Misima-Paneati, Tokunu in Papua New Guinea

The Misima-Paneati, Tokunu have only been reported in Papua New Guinea
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Misima people live on verdant islands off the southeastern end of Papua New Guinea. Surrounded by coral reefs, the mountainous islands are covered with lush tropical vegetation. Although Misima Island is about 25 miles long, most of the islands are tiny, only a mile or two in length.

The people of the Misima are subsistence farmers and fishermen. Some also grow cash crops such as copra (dried coconut meat) and vanilla. Many dive for sea cucumbers when they are in season. Some also rely on relatives who leave the islands to find work in Papua New Guinea. When they have cash, they will purchase items such as tea, sugar, rice, and canned meat to supplement their diet. In this culture, individuals trace their lineage or clan through their mothers. When someone dies, the people hold feasts over a period of several years to honor the person and his family. The Misima get along well with their neighbors, trading with one another, and even intermarrying.

Missionaries introduced Christianity to the region more than 100 years ago, and most of the people identify themselves as Christians. However, some of the people still practice traditional religion, and others, particularly on Misima, follow "cargo cults" a religion "based around the expected arrival of ancestral spirits in ships bringing cargoes of food and other goods."

Misima is the dominant language among the islands. A Misima New Testament is already available in print, audio and electronic formats. The Misima also have portions of six Old Testament books.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Misima-Paneati, Tokunu in Papua New Guinea.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Misima-Paneati
People Name in Country Misima-Paneati, Tokunu
Alternate Names Tokunu
Population this Country 34,000
Population all Countries 34,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13738
ROP3 Code 106670
ROP25 Code 305500
ROP25 Name Misima-Paneati
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Milne Bay province: Misima district, Calvados chain, Misima island, and Panaieti islands. 32 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Milne Bay province: Misima district, Calvados chain, Misima island, and Panaieti islands. 32 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 16.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Misima-Panaeati
Language Code mpx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Misima-Panaeati
Language Code mpx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Misima-Panaeati
Photo Source Anoymous 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous 
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