Evenki in Russia


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The world believes the Evenki were originally tribes or clans in Russia who migrated into China at different times 300 to 400 years ago. The forefathers of the Evenki lived in the forests north and east of Lake Baikal in Siberia and along the upper reaches of the Heilong River. They maintained a close relationship with the Northern Shiweis during the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534) and the Ju tribe at the time of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). In the mid-1600s, aggression by Tsarist Russia resulted in the Evenkis moving to the area around the tributaries of Mongolia’s Nenjiang River in the Hinggan Mountains.
A small number of Evenki people still speak their language. One scholar describes the language as "endangered in China and possibly extinct in Mongolia and Russia." This people group lives in each of these three countries as well as Russia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Tungus Evenki live in nimor, or clans, which are groups of three to ten blood families. Some Tungus Ewenki live deep within the forests. Others have chosen to live on the grasslands where they have been influenced by Mongolian culture.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Many of the Tungus Evenki, who have experienced prolonged interaction with Mongolians, have converted to Tibetan Buddhism. The remainder practice shamanism, an ancient form of witchcraft and spiritism. Tungus Evenki believers belong to the Eastern Orthodox Church. However, because of the profound influence of shamanism, they worship the statue of Jesus and other idols together. Priests of the Eastern Orthodox Church also participate in the religious activities of the Evenkis.


What Are Their Needs?

The Evenki need workers to go to them to share the gospel in their Evenki language and to help disciple existing Christians.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the Evenki to share the gospel in their language and help disciple existing Christians.
Pray for the Bible and other resources to be translated into the Evenki language.
Pray for Evenki Church to be freed from shamanism and other false influences.
Pray for the establishment of a viable, indigenous and reproducing Evenki church in Russia, China and Mongolia.


Scripture Prayers for the Evenki in Russia.


References

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Evenk-people
https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/evenki-reindeer-herding-history
https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/modern-europe/russian-soviet-an


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Evenki
People Name in Country Evenki
Pronunciation eh-WANG-kee
Population this Country 39,000
Population all Countries 74,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chenbaehru; Ewenki; Horse Tungus; Khamnigan; Khamnigan Evenki; Khamnigan Ewenki; Khamnigan Tungus; Tonggusi; Tongoose; Tungus; Tungus Evenk; Tunguz
People ID 18454
ROP3 Code 114053
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Siberia, most in Sakha (Yakutiya), and Krasnoyarskiy Kray; also in Irkutskaya Oblast’, Buryatiya, Zabaykalsky, and Amurskaya Oblast’; Pacific coast settlements, Magadanskaya Oblast’, Chukotskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Khabarovskiy Kray, Kamchatka, and Sakhalinskaya Oblast’.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Siberia, most in Sakha (Yakutiya), and Krasnoyarskiy Kray; also in Irkutskaya Oblast’, Buryatiya, Zabaykalsky, and Amurskaya Oblast’; Pacific coast settlements, Magadanskaya Oblast’, Chukotskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Khabarovskiy Kray, Kamchatka, and Sakhalinskaya Oblast’..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Evenki (39,000 speakers)
Language Code evn   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Zeya-bureya
Dialect Code 9708   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Evenki (39,000 speakers)
Language Code evn   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Zeya-bureya
Dialect Code 9708   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Evenki

Primary Language:  Evenki

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1880-2013)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.18 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
85.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
10.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
100.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source Norwegian Polar Institute  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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