Forest Management by Andamanese Tribes

  • Kavita Arora


This chapter discusses the indigenous knowledge of four autochthons Andamanese tribes, namely, Great Andaman, Jarwas, Onges, and Sentinelese. The chapter elaborates the study under three headings, viz., lifestyle, knowledge about forest/plants/biodiversity, and indigenous methods of forest management. All the tribes, which have been taken into consideration for a comprehensive discussion, reside in the group of Andaman Islands. Genetically, these tribes have been defined as Negrito. Forest conservation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by these tribal people is as old as their own history. A number of anthropological writings (others also) clearly mention not only the existence of indigenous methods of forest conservation but also the practices of forest management in their forest areas. In this context, the present chapter tries to present a glimpse of the vast repository of knowledge of these tribes, besides attempting to offer an inclusive idea at the way the tribal people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been imperiled to estrangement and ostracism in the course of the exploitation of forest resources. The main focus here is on giving an insight into those aspects of their social life, subsistence, and mode of survival, which have borne the brunt of globalization, modernization, and commercialization.


Andamanese Forest dwelling Coast dwelling Myths Legends Territorial divisions Tree rights Storing capacity The Rites de Passage Deep forest Vulnerability Secluded Paleolithic lifestyle Encounter 


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  • Kavita Arora
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  1. 1.University of DelhiShaheed Bhagat Singh CollegeDelhiIndia

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