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Tetum

 

(or Belu), a people inhabiting the island of Timor. The Tetum, who number more than 400,000 (1970, estimate), speak a language of the Ambonese-Timor subgroup of the Indonesian languages. They profess Catholicism and Islam, although ancestor worship has been preserved. The Tetum appeared on Timor not earlier than the 14th century. The main forms of their economy are land cultivation, livestock raising, and handicrafts. The Tetum live in pile dwellings. Together with developing capitalist relations, elements of feudal and communal-clan relations are preserved in the social structure of the Tetum.

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Local boys were rallied to tow it as Kauka watched mutely; she had mostly forgotten the local language, Tetum.
While Tetum and Portuguese are both official languages, there is a substantial gap between their official status and the daily practice of courts.
Languages: Portuguese, Tetum (official languages); English, Bahasa Indonesia (working languages).
Giant neighbors Indonesia and Australia make the use of Indonesian and English inevitable, but Portuguese and Tetum have been declared the co-official languages.
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"There is much to do to recover, to save our homeland, to save ourselves," he told the crowd, speaking in the indigenous Tetum language.
East Timor's approach to language policy is nicely outlined here, including the efforts by the political elite, most of whom are Portuguese speaking, to establish Portuguese (alongside Tetum) as an official language when more than 90 per cent of East Timorese do not speak it.
LANGUAGE: Portuguese and Tetum as official languages, English and Bahasa Malay as working languages
Radio UNAMET, he said, will broadcast through the local Radio Kmanuk in three languages -- Tetum, Portuguese and English.
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