Tunggare in Indonesia

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Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Tunggare
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 800
World Population: 800
Primary Language: Tunggare
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 64.00 %
Evangelicals: 5.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: New Guinea
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Tunggare people are coastal hunters and fisherman. At an altitude of less than 350 meters above sea level the Tunggare people can best be accessed by boat.

They are reported to have moved from the Nzina cave of the Sriwini river to Masipawa, then to Mirago/Mosairo and finally to their current Nabire beach area. Parties for first-born infants are called "bataterano". Song festivals are called "saira". Traditionally there is lots of food at funerals.

The Tunggare people's diet consists of fish, sugarcane, coconut, sago, and pig. Houses generally have three 3 rooms (front, back, and guest) besides a porch. The Tunggare people have no gospel cassettes, films, nor videos in their language.

The Tunggare are sometimes known as the Tarunggare, Turunggare people, but they prefer to be called Tunggare. The Tunggare language is part of the East Geelvink Bay language family.

Text Source:   GMI Papua