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Introduction / History
There are at least a few hundred speakers of the Ketum language. They reside in the hills within the province of Papua, Indonesia. They live primarily by gardening and hunting in their foothills. With their land at an elevation of 200-500 meters above sea level, the Ketum people can best be visited by helicopter. There are neither junior high schools in the language area nor high schools.
The people eat vegetables, pigs, and wild animals. There is no road infrastructure in the area and neither are there radios or electricity. The people get their drinking water from a river or rainwater. There are no toilet facilities in this remote area. The Ketum people have no gospel cassettes, films nor videos in their language. There is one Reformed church building in the language area.
Almost all of the Ketum people are monolingual so they use Ketum at home with family and in the village with their friends. Many are registered as Catholics or Christians, but traditional religious influences are strong.
Scripture Prayers for the Ketum in Indonesia.