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Survivals of Prehistoric Man in the Andaman Islands

SURVIVALS OF PREHISTORIC MAN IN THE ANDAMAN ISLANDS

Andamanese are specially interesting to the anthropologist as representing the last pure remnant of palaeolithic man. They are frizzy-haired, dark-skinned people, averaging four feet ten inches in height, and are a merry, good-humoured folk among themselves, living in extremely elementary conditions of civilization. They include about a dozen tribes, grouped into coast- and jungle-men

Andamanese at Archery Practice at Port Blair

ANDAMANESE AT ARCHERY PRACTICE AT PORT BLAIR

Bows and arrows are used by the Andamanese for killing land animals and fish, and detachable harpoons in the pursuit of turtle and sharks. These natives are employed by the Port Blair authorities against the wild tribes who have a habit of killing the convicts settled on the land for the sake of the iron ring round their neck, which is useful for tipping arrows