The Land of Naked People: Encounters with Stone Age Islanders
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 LAND OF NAKED PEOPLE: Encounters with Stone Age IslandersUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A grim look at the history and current state of four tribes on the Andaman Islands.Former Scientific American editor Mukerjee first traveled to the Bay of Bengal in 1995 to visit the tiny islands ... Read full review
The land of naked people: encounters with Stone Age islandersUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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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