February 25, 2010

Rare People of the World::

With world population expanding at scary rates every minute, I thought it would be a good time to stop and look at the people we are in danger of losing.

Haida population 3,500

The Haida were widely renowned for their canoes. They belong to one of two clans- eagle or raven.

Bororo- population 700

Also a Brazilian tribe, the Bororo villages are arranged in a circle with half the women and children on one side, half on the other. Men spend most of their lives in the men’s house in the centre of the village.

Carib- population 3,000

Mistakenly believed to be cannibals (their name is actually the origin of the English word cannibal) the Caribs today live in Dominica.

Tucano- population 4,500

The name Tucano covers a number of different tribes and language speakers as they believe marrying “within a language” is incestuous.

Kayapo- population 7,096

A tough people who live in the southern parts of the Amazon Basin. The Kayapo have trade agreements with The Body Shop.

Karo- population 500

The Karo are an agricultural people from the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. They still live in grass huts clustered on the eastern bank of the Omo River.

Hadza- population 1,000

Only 300- 400 of the Hadza people of northern Tanzania still live as nomadic hunter-gatherers like their ancestors.

Kalash- population 6,000

A tribe from Chitral, in north western Pakistan, half of whom still practice the ancient animist religion.

Jarawa- population 250- 350

Little is known of these people of the Andaman Islands as they shun contact with outsiders. In 2002 the Indian Supreme Court ordered the closure of a trunk road through their reserve and banned poaching and logging in their area.

Veddha- population 380

They are the native people of Sri Lanka and incredibly proud of their hunter-gatherer heritage. They call themselves wanniya-laeto, meaning forest dwellers.

Semang- population 2,500

The Semang are the oldest of the native peoples of Thailand and the Malay peninsula. They are under increasing pressure to give up the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and settle down to agriculture.

Korowai- population estimated between 700- 4,000

The West has only known about the Korowai since the 1970’s. They built their houses about 80ft/ 25m in the forest canopy of the Irian Jaya coast, in Indonesia.

Warlpiri- population 5,000- 6,000

The Australian government forced the Warlpiri to settle in Yuendumu in 1946. Today they use video conferencing to share their traditional art.

Rapanui- population 5,682

The natives of Easter Island most famous for the giant statues called Moai.

mAy the tribes of eArth unite and Love! - ti$a

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