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Kowiai

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3kwh

Population  600 (2000 SIL).
Region  Bomberai Peninsula; southwest coast, Kaimana; Kamrau Bay on several islands, Keroi, Adijaya, Namatota, Waikala, Kayumerah villages.
Language map  Indonesia, Northwestern Papua, reference number 49
Alternate names   Adi, Aiduma, Kaiwai, Kajumerah, Kayumerah, Koiwai, Kuiwai, Namatota, Namatote
Dialects  Keroi, Adijaya, Namatota, Waikala. Central Malayo-Polynesian (1991 R. Blust).
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Central Malayo-Polynesian, South Bomberai
Language use  70% use it. Passed on to 60% of the children. Most domains. Positive attitude.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Fishermen; some hunters; nutmeg sales; shell divers, collectors. Muslim, Christian.