The Andamanese
June 4, 2007 7:01 PM   Subscribe

The Andamanese.
posted by hama7 (8 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: previously -- cortex

Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel-
piece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case.
With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate
needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff. For some little
time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and
wrist all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks.
Finally he thrust the sharp point home, pressed down the tiny
piston, and sank back into the velvet-lined arm-chair with a long
sigh of satisfaction.

from possibly the only short story I have ever read that has an Andamanese accomplice.

The Sign of the Four

scroll past all the legalese

posted by timsteil at 7:15 PM on June 4, 2007

Up to now I only knew of the Andamanese peripherally, that is, through studying the history and migrations of their neighbors to the west, the Downonmanees, who figure prominently throughout my own ancestral family tree.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:30 PM on June 4, 2007

A previous post on the Andamanese.
posted by gubo at 7:32 PM on June 4, 2007

B-b-but ... I don't wanna die for Fernando Poo!
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:43 PM on June 4, 2007

posted by taosbat at 8:07 PM on June 4, 2007

The Sentinelese are the most isolated of the Andamanese. From the Wikipedia article on them:

They are actively hostile to unknown intruders requiring frequent shows of peaceful intent before allowing outsiders to come into arrow range. Attempts to leave them material goods from the late 1960s on have resulted in household ware and metal objects being utilized, coconuts being eaten but not planted (no local population of Cocos nucifera appeared to exist before the planting of saplings in 1987), pigs are not eaten but shot and buried, as was a doll. Red buckets were taken with apparent delight, while green ones were rejected...Face-to-face contact was discontinued in the 1990s; more recent observations have been from a longer distance or from the air.

So, that's pretty awesome.
posted by bookish at 8:09 PM on June 4, 2007

How you think they kidnapped one of the Sentinelese - with no previous experience of the outside world - in order to put him to work as their web designer?
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:41 PM on June 4, 2007

I wouldn't put it past someone, UbuRoivas, whoever they are.
posted by taosbat at 9:00 PM on June 4, 2007

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