Black People : Last member of 65,000-year-old tribe dies, taking one of world's earliest languages to the grave Re

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  1. RAPTOR

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    By ANNY SHAW
    Last updated at 1:09 AM on 10th February 2010


    Boa Sr, who died last week aged about 85, was the last native of the Andaman Islands who was fluent in Bo. The last member of a 65,000-year-old tribe has died, taking one of the world's earliest languages to the grave. Named after the tribe, Bo is one of the 10 Great Andamanese languages, which are thought to date back to the pre-Neolithic period when the earliest humans walked out of Africa.

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    Boa Sr, who died last week aged about 85, was the last native of the Andaman Islands who was
    fluent in Bo



    Boa was the oldest member of the Great Andamanese, a group of tribes that are the the first descendants of early humans who migrated from Africa about 70,000 years ago and who arrived on the islands around 65,000. Other groups went on to colonise Indonesia and Australia.

    Boa described the moment the tsunami struck: 'We were all there when the earthquake came. She lived through the horrors and hardships of the 2004 Asian tsunami, the Japanese occupation and diseases brought by colonisers in the 19th century.
    'The eldest told us "the Earth would part, don't run away or move". The elders told us, that's how we know.'

    Professor Anvita Abbi, a linguist who knew Boa, said the tribeswoman had been losing her sight in recent years and was unable to speak with anyone in her own language.

    Boa had no children and her husband died several years ago.

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    That's a shame. I hope that something remains of it, even if it's incomplete scholarship.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    you just grit your teeth reading stuff like this!!!!! A real tragedy!!
     
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    "'She always said she wanted to go back to the place where she was born,' Professor Abbi said.

    'Alcohol was a big problem. It was killing them one by one.'
    The Bo are believed to have lived on the islands for as long as 65,000 years, making them one of the oldest surviving human cultures.
    The king of the Bo tribe died in 2005, leaving only a handful of elderly members who also died over the next five years.
    The Great Andamanese once numbered more than 5,000 and were made up of 10 distinct groups each with their own language.
    But today, after more than 150 years of contact with colonisers and the diseases they brought with them, the Great Andamanese number just 52.
    The only indigenous tribe that is relatively intact is the Sentinelese, who ban any contact with outsiders.
    They were famously photographed firing arrows at an Indian helicopter after the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004.
    Professor Abbi said that Boa often told her how she envied the fact that the Jarawa and the Sentinelese had managed to avoid contact with outsiders.
    She recalled: 'She used to say they were better off in the jungle.'
    Stephen Corry, director of Survival International, a group that campaigns for the rights of indigenous people, urged the Indian Government not to resettle any the Jawara or other indigenous tribes.
    'With the death of Boa Sr and the extinction of the Bo language, a unique part of human society is now just a memory,' he said."


    Sad...
     
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