The Land of Naked People: Encounters with Stone Age Islanders

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Social Science - 268 pages
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On a lush, remote island, modern civilization has recently made contact with what may be the last group of Stone Age people. The Sentinelese wear no clothes, do not know how to start a fire, and have fervently rejected the intrusion of outsiders. But that is changing, writes Madhusree Mukerjee, who has had exceptional access to that island and the others that make up the Andaman chain in the Bay of Bengal.
Over seven years, Mukerjee found that other aboriginals on the islands have abandoned their ancient ways for enticements such as motorcycles and plastic toys. The price: outsiders have taken critical land, introduced serious diseases, and left the natives with a broken sense of self. This book offers unprecedented insights into the processes of colonization and modernization, the persistence of harmful myths about “savages,” and the perennially fraught relationship between light- and dark-skinned peoples.
Mukerjee gives us a fascinating look at a world nearly gone. Combining anthropological findings with historical accounts and personal travel stories, she lets us glimpse a primeval, disappearing humanity.
  

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The Andaman Islands, situated in the Bay of Bengal, may be one of the last areas where one can find hunters and gatherers who have successfully resisted outside encroachment. Mukerjee, who has ... Read full review

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And interesting book of one woman's attempt to meet the Jarawa.
It reveals much corruption on the part of the Indian officials who supposedly 'protect' the natives. The Indian government are
incapable of fully protecting the Jarawa and I sometimes wonder if that is their plan so when they die off the settlers can have all their land.
However, North Sentinel is better protected, not so much from the government but by the reef. I have photos of Indian fishermen inside the reef at North Sentinel.
 

Contents

First Brush
1
Great Andamanese
11
Savage
13
Uprooted
25
Native Morals
44
Civilized Vices
54
Death
62
Life After Death
72
Jarawa
143
Hunted
145
Visions of Control
159
With the Enemy
168
State of War
178
Where Worlds Touch
186
The Taming of Tigers
192
On Full Modernization
205

Onge
79
A Fiery Arrival
81
Sugar and Starch
89
Gifts Traps
98
Cultural Exchange
110
Outsiders and Other Ghosts
119
Falling Apart
128
Assimilation
134
End of the Road
214
Small Earth
223
Origins
234
Acknowledgments
243
Bibliography
245
Index
251
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Page 245 - Alexander, James Edward. Travels from India to England; comprehending a visit to the Burman Empire, and a journey through Persia, Asia Minor, European Turkey, etc.
Page 248 - Report of a Survey of the Inhabitants of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands During 1948-49, Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology Vol, 1.

About the author (2003)

Madhusree Mukerjee, a native of India, won a Guggenheim fellowship to write The Land of Naked People. She previously served on the board of editors of Scientific American

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