Authorities on India's Andamans archipelago have been asked to explain a video showing naked tribal women dancing for food. The video was obtained by a British reporter who wrote an article on "trusting members of the Jarawa tribe being exploited by tourist safaris". Tribal affairs minister KC Deo described the video as "obnoxious" and "disgusting". Tribal rights groups have been calling for operators to stop such tours. Mr Chamberlain thinks the video was shot about two to three years ago after a police officer was bribed to take tourists into the reserve. His story in The Guadian newspaper says that the reclusive Jarawa tribe is about strong and has only recently begun taking the first tentative steps towards a relationship with the outside world.
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France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites. The death of an American missionary on a remote Indian island has cast a rare spotlight on the Sentinelese, one of the world's most reclusive hunter-gatherer tribes. John Allen Chau, 27, was killed with arrows as he illegally set foot on North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean after paddling there in a kayak last week. The sole inhabitants of North Sentinel Island, around the size of Manhattan, guard their territory fiercely. They rely on forest produce and sea resources for survival. They are the most isolated among the native tribal groups that inhabit the Andaman islands and are protected by Indian laws which ban any contact with the indigenous people. Their number was estimated to be some 8, when the British first made attempts to colonise these islands in the late 18th century.
New videos of naked tribal dance emerge, hint at official involvement
In its preliminary report, the administration said it will initiate prosecution against the videographer involved in the coverage for a British newspaper for "inciting" the tribals to dance in front of tourists. The footage that surfaced apparently to bring to fore the exploitation of Jarawa tribals, who were allegedly forced to dance before tourists in return for food, was condemned as "obnoxious and disgusting" by Union Tribal Affairs Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo. According to reports, there are just surviving members of the Jarawa tribe who live in reserve forests on south Andaman.
The violent death of an American missionary on a remote island in the Indian Ocean in mid-November raises new and urgent questions about the survival of uncontacted and isolated tribes and their right to remain free from interference from the outside world. No one knows for sure how long the Sentinelese—the last demographically intact, essentially uncontacted tribe of the Andamans—have lived there, but some studies indicate the tribe may have migrated from Africa tens of thousands of years ago. Like uncontacted and isolated tribes elsewhere in the world, most notably in the Amazon rain forest , the Sentinelese are considered to be at high risk for contagious diseases borne by outsiders, against which they have little or no immunological defense. The Sentinelese are deft archers who have developed a fearsome reputation as staunch defenders of their homeland.