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Tabar Group

Tabar Group
Tabar Group is located in Papua New Guinea
Tabar Group
Tabar Group
Location Of Tabar Group in Papua New Guinea
Location South Pacific Ocean
Archipelago Bismarck Archipelago
Major islands 3
Highest elevation 622 m (2,041 ft)
Highest point Mount Beirari
Region Islands Region

The Tabar Group is an island group in Papua New Guinea, located 40 km north of New Ireland. It is a part of the Bismarck Archipelago. The Tabar group consists of a short chain of three main islands - Tabar Island (aka Big Tabar) in the south, Tatau Island in the center, and Simberi Island in the north - as well as a number of smaller offshore islets. The highest peak is Mount Beirari with 622 metres.

The population of the island group was 3,920 at the 2000 Census.[1] The Tabar Group is administered by the Sentral Niu Ailan Rural Local Level Government (LLG).

The Tabar Group is the area of origin of Malagan art.[2] The local language is Mandara (also known as Tabar), ISO 639-3 language code "tbf", an Austronesian language. Three dialects have been identified, Simberi, Tatau and Tabar.[3][4]


  1. ^ PNG National Statistic Office: Census Unit Register, 2000
  2. ^ Gunn, Michael; Phillipe Feltier (2006). New Ireland: Art of the South Pacific. Milan: Continents Editions.  
  3. ^ Lewis (ed.), M. Paul. "Ethnologue: Languages of the World - Mandara". SIL International. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Brown (ed.), Keith (2006). Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics. Elsevier. p. i.  

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  • Tabar Islands auf at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
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