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Andaman Tribe Exterminated: Last Member Dies

By survivalint, published on Feb 4, 2010

Boa Sr, who died last week aged around 85, was the last speaker of Bo, one of the ten Great Andamanese languages. The Bo are thought to have lived in the Andaman Islands (an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, south of Burma) for as much as 65,000 years, making them the descendants of one of the oldest human cultures on Earth. Boa Sr was the oldest of the Great Andamanese, who now number just 52. Originally ten distinct tribes, the Great Andamanese were 5,000 strong when the British colonized the Andaman Islands in 1858. Most were killed or died of diseases brought by the colonizers. Having... (more)

Tags: india, boa sr, andaman islands, bo, great andamanese, colonialism, linguistics, extinction

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