Sowanda, Wanja in Indonesia


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Introduction / History

The Sowanda tribe shares a region with 3 other tribes: the Umeda, the Punda and the Waina. Even young members of this tribe still remember tribal wars in the past, and killing and being killed.


Where Are they Located?

They live in the jungle, at the end of a 10 hour hike through extremely rugged jungle, behind Imonda, which is a small outpost, a ten hour drive into the jungle south of Vanimo.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They live without much vision. Their food consists mostly of the food that they find in their gardens. They have very limited education. Less than 30 of the entire tribe are estimated to have any education at all, and less than 5 have reached grade 3. The men do a lot of sitting around and relaxing and talking. If there is hunting to do, it is the men who do it. The women do most of the hard work, the heavy lifting and finding firewood. Men do build houses, and work in the gardens.


What Are Their Beliefs?

There is a basic Christian church there which needs a lot of discipleship. It is unknown how deep the Christian worldview goes. The old beliefs are still affecting their actions. For example, a man with a siezure will have a stinging nettle rubbed all over his chest. The prospect of moving the tribe filled them with thoughts of killing and being killed.


What Are Their Needs?

Education is greatly lacking. Though they are walking encyclopedias about how to live in the jungle, and build using jungle materials, very few of them know how to read. The closest school in the vicinity reaches grade 3. If they go to school they learn Pidgin English, and after that standard English. They can be given much gospel literature which can be purchased at Vanimo, the closest coastal town with a Christian bookstore.


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Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Sowanda
People Name in Country Sowanda, Wanja
World Population 2,100
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Waina; Wanja; Wina
People ID 15076
ROP3 Code 109532
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Papua Province, Keerom regency, south of Jayapura, northeast border area, east of Senggi.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Papua Province, Keerom regency, south of Jayapura, northeast border area, east of Senggi..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Sowanda (300 speakers)
Language Code sow   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Sowanda (300 speakers)
Language Code sow   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sowanda

Primary Language:  Sowanda

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
100.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
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