South Bomberai
Native toIndonesia
RegionKaimana Regency
Native speakers
600 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kwh

Kowiai (Kuiwai) is an Austronesian language of the Bomberai Peninsula in New Guinea. According to the Atlas of Languages of Intercultural Communication in the Pacific and Asia, Kowiai is spoken in the coastal regions between Arguni and Etna bay.[3]


Locations within Kaimana Regency:[4]


  1. ^ Kowiai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Charles Grimes & Owen Edwards (in process) Wallacean subgroups: unravelling the prehistory and classification of the Austronesian languages of eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Summary presentation at the 15th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics.
  3. ^ Wurm, Stephen A.; Mühlhäusler, Peter; Tryon, Darrell T. (2011-02-11). Atlas of Languages of Intercultural Communication in the Pacific, Asia, and the Americas: Vol I: Maps. Vol II: Texts. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-081972-4.
  4. ^ Ronsumbre, Adolof (2020). Ensiklopedia Suku Bangsa di Provinsi Papua Barat. Yogyakarta: Penerbit Kepel Press. ISBN 978-602-356-318-0.