Jul 2, 2009

Jarawa Tribes of Andaman

Jarawa is one of the tribal communities inhabiting in Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is believed that the ancestors of Jarawa tribes were part of the migrated people out of Africa. Jarawa tribes of Andaman still hunt pigs and monitor lizards with bows and arrows to make their livelihood. Jarawas also gather berries, seeds and honey from the forests. They mostly restrict themselves to their jungle dwellings but some of them have now started mingling with the people or nearby villages and towns.

The population of Jarawa tribes of Andaman is dwindling with the passage of time. Jarawas of Andaman islands are left with around 400 people in their community, at present. Most of the Jarawas died because of epidemic diseases like measles. Construction of roads inside their territory in forests became the greatest threat for their survival as many people started encroaching their lands. People from other parts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands have started inhabiting near to the areas where Jarawas live in their dwelling in the forests. Poaching of honey and other fruits like bananas the outsiders has also made a bad affect on their survival.


Jarawa tribes are inhabiting in South Andaman Islands and Western Coast of Middle Andaman Islands. Some of them still lead a nomadic life in forests. Most of them live in temporary huts built by woods and leaves found in the forests. Crude crafts are used by Jarawas to cross streams and creeks. Sometimes they also make attacks on intruders inside their territory.


These tribes speak Jarawa language but some of them who are getting in contact with other people have also picked up few Hindi words. As no prominent influence of any other languages of the region is seen in Jarawa language, it can be one of the reasons that these tribes remained secluded for a very long period.

16 comments:

Anonymous,  March 18, 2010 at 12:36 AM  

want to know more about "Jarawa Tribes of Andaman".Most of the people don't know about them.

Anonymous,  June 27, 2010 at 7:27 AM  

These are Shompen and not Jarawa. Shompens live in Nicobar and not in Andaman

Leh Ladakh Tour Packages July 19, 2010 at 2:01 AM  

Jarawas continue to be hunting and gathering nomadic tribe. They hunt wild pig, monitor lizard with bows and arrows. Tips of the arrow is made of Iron which they get from the sea shore.

himalaya tour packages September 28, 2010 at 11:19 PM  

I like this blog and all its informations

earuingam gogoi August 5, 2011 at 7:30 AM  

I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THEY ARE ALSO HUMAN BUT WHY MOST OF THE PEOPLE NEGLET THEM AS LOWER CASTS PEOPLE

earuingam gogoi August 5, 2011 at 7:33 AM  

I want to know more to gain more knowledge . but i dont understand why people neglet them , AYUSH

earuingam gogoi August 5, 2011 at 7:38 AM  

i have given comment and i want more people to know about them . as they have got some advantage now and also appart from that i want u 2 allow the people to look and collect information about them , and also i have done a beautiful project , myself earuingam from assam, dibrugarh PLEASE LOOOOOK THHHIS MESSSSSAGE .

raj August 26, 2011 at 7:50 AM  

I want to know more about Jarawas. They also part of Indian People. They also creation of God.Our responsibility is to educate them.

Anonymous,  October 17, 2011 at 7:51 PM  

I want to know all that there is about them.. i love them and think they are beautiful human beings...
they are there and alive for a reason god doesn't make mistakes.. people should treat them with respect and educate them.

KARMA:) will love you

Unknown January 2, 2012 at 9:02 PM  

Know more about jarwas in this link

http://www.andamanbeacon.com/jarawas_tribe_andaman.html

VISWANATHAN.R.ELAYIDOM January 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM  

I WOULD LIKE TO STUDY ABOUT THEIR CULTURE,CUSTOMS,RELIGION,WORK N WORKSHIP,METHOD OF TREATMENTS [MEDICINES]FOOD N CULTIVATION ETC.., WHAT SOURCE AVAILABLE PLEASE PROVIDE THE DETAILS IF ANY ONE HAVING. WHAT IS THEIR RELIGION, CAST AND LANGUAGES THEY SPOKE OR WROTE. IS THERE ANY FOLK SONGS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD. IF SO, LET ME HAVE IT.
WISHING THEM A HAPPY YEAR WITH JOY AND HAPPINESS.
VISWANATH. VU2EAF

vincy jarald August 16, 2012 at 6:31 AM  

If u r on the way of Andaman forests avoid taking any things with you!

Anonymous,  November 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM  

"Our responsibility is to educate them." WHY???! SO WE CAN BRAINWASH THEM INTO WESTERN CONSUMER BASED CULTURE, FUCK THAT! and fuck anyone that feels they should be educated,like we are some kind of superior view on life because we have been educated and live in modern society, they are not animals they are humans that have been surviving for centuries without any of our help. Its a unique PURE culture that should be left alone!! the Sentinelese have the right mind set... LEAVE the last bit of humanity that is not affected by CONSUMERISM ALONE. Fucking people, your all a bunch of hypocrites, rape them for your own knowledge so you can make beautiful projects, FUCK YOU!!

Anonymous,  November 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM  


"Construction of roads inside their territory in forests became the GREATEST threat for their survival as many people started encroaching their lands."

valli p September 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM  


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