The Tobelorese (Orang Tobelo, Suku Tobelo) live on the northern peninsula of Halmahera Island, Indonesia, and number about 20,000. Tobelorese is classified in the North Halmahera Group of the Papuan Language Family. Subsistence is based on rice, maize, cassava, bananas, and vegetables, supplemented by fish. Nearly all Tobelorese are Protestant Christians. In the past the Tobelorese were organized into four tribal villages headed by a single leader ( kimelaha ).

See also Moluccans—North


LeBar, Frank M. (1972). "Tobelorese." In Ethnic Groups of Insular Southeast Asia, edited by Frank M. LeBar. Vol. 1, Indonesia, Andaman Islands, and Madagascar, 121-122. New Haven: HRAF Press.

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