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Author Mukerjee, Madhusree.

Title The land of naked people : encounters with Stone Age islanders / Madhusree Mukerjee.

Published Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003.

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 UniM Bail  954.880049911 MUKE    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 268 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents First Brush 1 -- Great Andamanese -- Savage 13 -- Uprooted 25 -- Pacification 34 -- Native Morals 44 -- Civilized Vices 54 -- Death 62 -- Life After Death 72 -- Onge -- A Fiery Arrival 81 -- Sugar and Starch 89 -- Gifts, Traps 98 -- Cultural Exchange 110 -- Outsiders and Other Ghosts 119 -- Falling Apart 128 -- Assimilation 134 -- Jarawa -- Hunted 145 -- Visions of Control 159 -- With the Enemy 168 -- State of War 178 -- Where Worlds Touch 186 -- Taming of Tigers 192 -- On Full Modernization 205 -- End of the Road 214 -- Sentinelese -- Small Earth 223 -- Afterword: Origins 234.
Summary 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. The Land of Naked People offers unprecedented insights into colonization, modernization, harmful myths about "savages," and the perennially fraught relationship between light- and dark-skinned peoples. Combining anthropological findings with historical accounts and personal travel stories, Madhusree Mukerjee lets us glimpse a primeval, disappearing humanity.
Subject Andamanese (Indic people)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands (India)
ISBN 0618197362