Jarawas jump with excitement on seeing visitors to the island

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Descending to the simplicity of children is often the easiest way to break the ice, when you're first landing up on an island inhabited by tribals unaccustomed to the rest of the world and its ways!

The Jarawas are said to be the darkest people (sociologically and scientifically speaking and not from a derogatory point of view) in the world.

Jarawas in Andaman Islands. Jarawas are one of the adivasi indigenous peoples of the Andaman Islands. Their present numbers are estimated at between 250-350 individuals. They have inhabited the islands for several thousand years. Before the 19th century Jarawa homelands were located in the southeast part of South Andaman Island. Now Jarawa are in regular contact with the outside world and no longer retain their insular culture and nature, for good or for bad!

Along with other indigenous Andamanese peoples, they have inhabited the islands for at least several thousand years, and most likely a great deal longer. The Andaman Islands have been known to outsiders since antiquity; however, until quite recent times they were infrequently visited, and such contacts were predominantly sporadic and temporary. For the greater portion of their history their only significant contact has been with other Andamanese groups; the experience of such a lengthy period of isolation almost completely lacking in external cultural influences is equalled by few other groups in the world, if at all.

There is some indication that the Jarawa regarded the now-extinct Jangil tribe as a parent tribe from which they split centuries or millennia ago, even though the Jarawa outnumbered (and eventually out-survived) the Jangil. The Jangil (also called the Rutland Island Aka Bea) were presumed extinct by 1931.

The Jarawa are a designated Scheduled Tribe.

Courtesy: Wikipedia

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