The People of Maluku

The following is a list of Unreached People Groups on the islands of Maluku

 


 

Who are the Lisela?

Most Lisela live on the northern and eastern coasts of Buru Island. Some live on Ambon. Both Buru and Ambon islands are part of the Maluku Islands. The Lisela are sometimes called Buru, Buru Utara, Li Enyorot, Liet Enjorot, or Wayapu. They speak the Lisela and Tagalisa dialects. What Are Their Lives Like? The Lisela live in a region marked by tropical rain forests and savannahs. Most of their income comes from cultivating cloves, nutmeg, copra, coffee, cashew nuts, and cocoa beans. Some … [Read more...]

Who are the East Makian?

The East Makian, also called the Inner Makian, live on the east coast of the island of Makian. The rest of the island is inhabited by the West Makian. Makian is part of the province of North Maluku. The Maluku Islands, historically called the “Spice Islands,” consist of over one thousand islands scattered throughout eastern Indonesia. They include most of the islands between Sulawesi and Papua, and between Timor and the Philippines. The East Makian people can also be found in small … [Read more...]

Who are the West Makian?

The West Makian are also called the Outer Makian. They live on the island of Makian except the east coast, which is inhabited by the East Makian or Inner Makian. Makian is part of the province of North Maluku. The Maluku Islands, historically called the “Spice Islands,” consist of over one thousand islands scattered throughout eastern Indonesia. They include most of the islands between Sulawesi and Papua, and between Timor and the Philippines. Makian Island is mountainous and is the home of a … [Read more...]

Who are the Seit-Kaitetu?

The Seit-Kaitetu people live along the north shore of the island of Ambon in the Maluku Islands. They live in and near the villages of Seit and Kaitetu in Central Maluku. Both villages can be reached by land or by sea. Because of the regional religious violence since 2000, public transport runs once daily to and from the city of Ambon. The first mosque that was built on Ambon is in Kaitetu. It was built in 1414. The oldest church in Ambon was built in nearby Hila village in 1780. Sadly, the … [Read more...]

Who are the Geser-Gorom?

The Geser-Gorom people live on Gorom island and the East end of neighboring Seram island. Both islands are in Maluku Province. The name “Geser-Gorom” (literally, “slide over to Gorom”) reveals a deeper meaning. Each ethno-linguistic group on Seram Island has its own name. However all of the people living in Seram are sometimes collectively called the Alifuru (“Original People”). Seram itself is frequently called Nusa Ina (“Mother Island”). So, the name “Geser-Gorom” reflects the belief that … [Read more...]

Who are the Tidore?

The Tidore people live on the island of Tidore in the North Maluku province. Tidore is one of the islands in the Maluku archipelago. The Maluku Islands have long been known as the “Spice Islands,” consisting of more than a thousand islands scattered throughout eastern Indonesia, including most of the islands between Sulawesi and Papua, and between Timor and the Philippines. While many other ethnic groups inhabit Soa Siu, the capital city of Tidore, the Tidore people dominate the small villages … [Read more...]

Who are the Hitu?

The Hitu live in five village areas along the North coast of Ambon island. These areas are in Central Maluku Regency, Maluku Province. In the past, the village of Hitu formed the commercial center and goods distribution point for Ambon island. Hitu can be reached by land or sea. Since the regional violence of 2000 and following, public transport only comes and goes once daily from the city of Ambon. The only historical record of the Hitu people is found in their stories, about how in the past … [Read more...]

Who are the Ternate?

The Ternate people live on the small island of Ternate, near the larger island of Halmahera in the of North Maluku province. The area of Halmahera and the surrounding islands covers about 6500 square miles. Half of the Ternate people live on the island of Ternate, while the other fifty percent have migrated elsewhere, but still identify themselves as Ternate. Ternate people speak the Ternate language. Linguistic experts classify this as a West Papuan language, part of the North Halmahera … [Read more...]

Who are the Sula?

Most Sula people live on the island of Sula, while some of them live on Mangole Island and in other parts of the Sula archipelago. Most of these islands are in the province of North Maluku. The Sula language has three dialects. Fasei is spoken in the southern part of Fasei Island. Falahu is spoken by the people in the villages of Falahu and Bega on the island of Sulabesi. It is also spoken in some communities on the island of Mangole. Fangudu is spoken in the rest of Sulabesi and on the eastern … [Read more...]