Photo Source: Anonymous
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission
|Primary Language:||Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Christian Adherents:||2.00 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|Affinity Bloc:||Malay Peoples|
Kanowit is a town and the capital of a district of the same name. The town takes its name from the Kanowit, a Melanau ethnic group. The Kanowit language is still spoken, and there still are some Kanowit people living in the Kanowit area. However, the language may be doomed to extinction. The village where Kanowit people live is called Kampung Bedil, a short trip by boat up the Rajang River from Kanowit town. There have been talks of relocating the village to another site as severe erosion of the banks of the Rajang River will soon wash away the remaining houses there.
The Kanowit are a tiny tribe and are losing their language. It may be difficult to even find them.
Gospel recordings are available in the language of the Kanowit. Pray for those who will take these to the people.
There may be a handful of Christians in the tribe, but this is uncertain. Pray for divinely appointed encounters between the Kanowit and believers who will recognize the opportunity to share the gospel with them
Pray this tribe will be able to provide stable housing to replace housing in danger of being washed away by the Rajang river.