Primitive tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Believed to be one of India's most ancient peoples, the Jarawas reside in South Andaman and Middle Andaman islands. In Middle Andaman, Kadamtala Island is designated as Jarawa Reserve Area, which is about 140 km from Port Blair. Jarawas look like creatures of the celestial world. They have naturally soft, beautiful ebony skins, well built bodies and divine smiles. They are fond of medicines and they consider first aid dressing to have some magical power.

Cutting trees and killing wildlife are their traditional source of livelihood. Jarawas consume seafood, fish, wild pig, tuber crops and honey. They built rafts to cross the streams.

The tribes were harsh till the beginning of 1998, but now they are becoming friendlier and mix with the local people.

Updated on 20th July, 2014


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