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01-05-2005, 05:54 PM
From this BBC story
I learned that a tribe on Sentinel Island, part of "the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands" apparently, fired their arrows at an Indian Coast Gaurd helicopter dropping food and water ... The Indians took it as sign the lived and wrote it off, somewhat condescendingly (IMO), to the Tribe's knowledge of woodlore to their
Why did they do that? What is the back story here?
01-05-2005, 05:56 PM
Sorry aqbout that. Should read
The Indians took it as sign the TRIBE lived and wrote it off, somewhat condescendingly (IMO), to the Tribe's knowledge of woodlore
Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
01-05-2005, 06:18 PM
I recall a 19th Century book that mentioned the Andaman Tribes. It described them as extremely hostile to all outsiders. This may still apply.
Or, they're just completely freaked by the quake & the wave, & feel safer taking no chances.
01-05-2005, 06:22 PM
According to an NBC News report of the same incident, the government believed no one would be found alive on the island. That the government helicopter was attacked by the locals changed that perspective and the Indian government apparently felt that if the locals are alive and healthy enough to defend the island, they don't need any help.
01-05-2005, 06:36 PM
The Indians took it as sign the TRIBE lived and wrote it off, somewhat condescendingly (IMO), to the Tribe's knowledge of woodlore.Could you try one more time for us slow Dopers? I still don't fully understand the question, or rather, this statement.
01-05-2005, 07:18 PM
Bear: in the article the Indian Officials say FTR
"they believe they survived the devastation by using age-old early warning systems.
They might have run to high ground for safety after noticing changes in the behavior of birds and marine wildlife. "
Apparently with no evidence that these people did any such thing ; Which seemed to me kind of subtly racist: like code words about primitive people & voodoo, or juju. I know YMMV: I simply felt funny & self conscious posting it without taking a roll of the old eyes. So now you know I am an overly sensitive a$$.
Doubly stupid of me if it unfocused the question which Bosda possibly answered & which Duckster kind of re-enforced my feelings of what on earth is going on here :
Are these people cartoonish "hostile Islanders"(why)? Are they "at war" with India (why)? Are they angry that they were given 'handouts'? Are they pissed that the aid arrived so late? Do they blame mainlanders for the destruction? Have they never seen a helicopter before?
That is the question(s) I don't understand the Island response or the Indian "it was expected/what can you expect" reaction response.
01-05-2005, 07:28 PM
Reading winds, waves may have saved ancient tribes on remote Indian islands (http://www.canada.com/maritimes/news/story.html?id=4d40b4df-f5ed-46be-a0f4-5ff01938e6aa)
The Sentinelese are fiercely protective of their coral reef-ringed terrain. They used to shoot arrows at government officials when they came ashore and offered gifts of coconuts, fruit and machetes on the beach.
The Jarawas had armed clashes with authorities until the 1990s, killing several police officers.
Samir Acharya, head of the independent Society for Andaman and Nicobar Ecology, said the Jarawas were peaceful until the British, and later the Indians, began encroaching on their territory. Thousands of bow-wielding Jarawas were killed by British bullets in 1859.
Over the past few years, however, relations have improved and some friendly contacts have been made. The government has banned interaction with the tribes, and even taking their pictures is an offence. Many tribe members have visited Port Blair, capital of the Indian-administered territory, and a few Great Andamanese and Onges work in government offices.
01-05-2005, 07:32 PM
The reason they shot arrows at the helicopter is because they are hostile to all outsiders, and the Indian government generally forbids anyone from landing on the islands in order to protect the tribes. They made an exception to deliver aid in the wake of the disaster.
These guys have not been modernized at all; a lot of them are basically stuck in the stone age. They generally shoot arrows at anyone who approaches the islands, whether by helicopter or boat. The fact that they did so is a signal to the Indian government that they're basically getting along fine and doing what they always do.
01-05-2005, 09:38 PM
One can only hope, (dimly, in all probability) that they are still there, 70000 years from now still shooting arrows at whatever strange aircraft that may appear in the sky. Of course I say that from my nice comfortable living room talking to people all over the globe, but as long as they are happy its nice to know places like that still exist in the world.
01-05-2005, 10:18 PM
IEEEEEE! Iron Bird!!!!!!
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