Sawi people

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Sawi people
Sawuy people
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 Indonesia (Papua (province))
Sawi language, Indonesian language
Christianity (predominantly), Animism
Related ethnic groups

The Sawi or Sawuy are a tribal people of Western New Guinea, Indonesia. They were known to be cannibalistic[2] headhunters as recently as the 1950s.

Since then, many of the tribe have converted to Christianity and the world's largest circular building made strictly from un-milled poles was constructed in 1972 as a Christian meeting place by the Sawi.[3] Christian missionary Don Richardson who lived among the Sawi wrote a book about the experience called Peace Child.


  1. ^ "Sawuy in Indonesia". Joshua Project. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  2. ^ Tucker (1983), p. 476
  3. ^ Tucker (1983), p. 478

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