Kanum, Smarky in Indonesia

Kanum, Smarky
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People Name: Kanum, Smarky
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 100
World Population: 100
Primary Language: Kanum, Smarky
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 60.00 %
Evangelicals: 3.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: New Guinea
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
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Introduction / History

There are at least 80 speakers of the Smarky Kanum language. They reside within the lowlands in the province of Papua, Indonesia. They are reported to have come from the east, from what is currently Papua New Guinea. They live by primarily fishing and farming in the swampy lowlands. With their land at an elevation of less than 100 meters above sea level, the Smarky Kanum people can best be visited by boat.

The people eat fish, sago, and vegetables. The Smarky Kanum people have no gospel cassettes, films or videos in their language. The Smarky Kanum are sometimes known as the Enkelembu, Knwne, or Kenume people. In their home life, Smarky Kanum speakers generally use their mother tongue. Many are registered as Catholics or Christians, but traditional religious influences are strong. It is not known how many are considered to be Christian, but it can be assumed there is a reasonable amount of tolerance toward Christian teaching.

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