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Tribe shoots arrows at aid flight
BBC ^ | 1/4/05 | Jonathan Charles

Posted on 01/03/2005 11:04:53 PM PST by LibWhacker

An Indian helicopter dropping food and water over the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been attacked by tribesmen using bows and arrows.

There were fears that the endangered tribal groups had been wiped out when massive waves struck their islands.

But the authorities say the attack is a sign that they have survived.

More than 6,000 people there are confirmed as either dead or missing, but thousands of others are still unaccounted for.

The Indian coastguard helicopter was flying low over Sentinel Island to drop aid when it came under attack.

Dozens of tribesmen fired bows and arrows at the helicopter, a traditional warning that outsiders aren't welcome.

A senior police officer said the crew weren't hurt and the authorities are taking it as a sign that the tribes haven't been wiped out by the earthquake and sea surges as many had feared.

The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago is home to several primitive tribes, some so isolated that they are still stuck in the stone age.

Officials believe they survived the devastation by using age-old early warning systems.

They might have run to high ground for safety after noticing changes in the behaviour of birds and marine wildlife.

Scientists are examining the possibility to see whether it can be used to predict earth tremors in future.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arrows; helicopter; india; shoots; tribe; tsunami
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1 posted on 01/03/2005 11:04:53 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Fine. Then we'll just drop the relief somewhere else if they're going to shoot at the choppers...IOW - the heck with 'em.


2 posted on 01/03/2005 11:06:35 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Common Sense is an Oxymoron)
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To: LibWhacker

Maybe they thought it was a UN chopper.


3 posted on 01/03/2005 11:09:57 PM PST by thoughtomator (Flush twice, it's a long way to France)
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To: LibWhacker

Hardcore Luddites.


4 posted on 01/03/2005 11:10:18 PM PST by rightwinggoth
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To: LibWhacker

lol that is hilarious. It's like something out of a movie.


6 posted on 01/03/2005 11:13:21 PM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: LibWhacker
If the tribesmen had managed to hit a crew member, would their arrow accuracy have been interpreted as an even better sign of good health?
7 posted on 01/03/2005 11:15:46 PM PST by dagnabbit (Vincente Fox's opening line at the Mexico-USA summit meeting: "Bring out the Gimp!")
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To: thoughtomator
Maybe they thought it was a UN chopper.

LOL

8 posted on 01/03/2005 11:16:16 PM PST by vox humana
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To: LibWhacker

Little is known about the Andaman’s Sentilnelese - thought to number around 100 - who live on the North Sentinel Island, 64 km south-west of Port Blair. They are thought to be Burmese nomads, who were swept away to the Andamans by the sea, and started living there. They have their own language, which has no script, and is unintelligible even to other tribes in the islands. Hunting and fishing for wild boars, sea turtle and a variety of fish and molluscs are their primary occupations and they use bows and iron-tipped arrows. The men wear a waist belt of bark, and other than that both men and women wear nothing except some leaf ornaments around the head, neck and arms. Among the most isolated communities in the world, they have no interaction with other tribes except receiving occasional gifts, and they defend their island from outsiders using bows and arrows.


9 posted on 01/03/2005 11:18:09 PM PST by stlnative
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To: LibWhacker

"But the authorities say the attack is a sign that they have survived"

Boy, nothing gets past "the authorities."


10 posted on 01/03/2005 11:24:54 PM PST by AggieCPA (Howdy, Ags!)
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To: AggieCPA

Cargo cult gone wrong


11 posted on 01/03/2005 11:27:53 PM PST by spokeshave (Strategery + Schardenfreude = Stratenschardenfreudery)
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To: miliantnutcase
"The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago is home to several primitive tribes, some so isolated that they are still stuck in the stone age. "

Sounds like an excellent location for the new UN building.

They can help the locals and get cleaned up by a Tsunami every 50 years or so.

And if Kofi and crew are caught dipping in the cookie jar...... the locals will demonstrate their head hunting/shrinking skills.

12 posted on 01/03/2005 11:32:18 PM PST by spokeshave (Strategery + Schardenfreude = Stratenschardenfreudery)
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To: LibWhacker
...Dozens of tribesmen fired bows and arrows at the helicopter...

It's bad enough when they shoot arrows at you. When they fire bows, you're really in trouble!

13 posted on 01/03/2005 11:33:09 PM PST by DakotaGator (Journalists - Half-brain. Will babble (don't you just hate fire bows?)!)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Agree. They won't be any loss.


14 posted on 01/03/2005 11:42:48 PM PST by GSlob
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To: LibWhacker

Oh, oh. A Brady bill is coming soon to this tribe.


15 posted on 01/04/2005 12:02:39 AM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: AggieCPA; LibWhacker; Keith in Iowa; thoughtomator

First of all,the Indian CoastGuard helo was not on an aid mission.It was flying over the more remote & smaller islands in the Andaman chain to look for signs of the rare tribal groups living there.There were grave fears in India that many have been wiped out.But the firing of arrows & subsequent sightings of other groups has been taken with a big sigh of relief-infact the Coast Guard was gleefully annoucing that arrows were fired at them(usual tribal way to know that things are A-OK)!!!!.Moreover it is unlikely that these tribals need much aid ,if any,since their interaction with the outside world is very limited & the Indian goverment doesn't really want to change that for both socio-cultural,ecological & most importantly strategic reasons.


16 posted on 01/04/2005 4:54:55 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: AggieCPA

I know, that is so silly. I guess if they had all died, they'd be accepting help more graciously!


17 posted on 01/04/2005 5:09:39 AM PST by jocon307 (Ann Coulter was right)
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To: LibWhacker
Dozens of tribesmen fired bows and arrows at the helicopter, a traditional warning that outsiders aren't welcome.

Is there anyplace on Earth where shooting at visitors is considered a traditional sign of welcome?

18 posted on 01/04/2005 5:13:51 AM PST by Eagle Eye (3/5 Got theirs. And then some.)
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To: Eagle Eye

"Is there anyplace on Earth where shooting at visitors is considered a traditional sign of welcome?"

East L.A.?


19 posted on 01/04/2005 5:52:58 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (60 votes and the world changes.)
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To: Eagle Eye

We need these guys along our border with Mexico.


20 posted on 01/04/2005 6:10:02 AM PST by Inyo-Mono (Proud member of P.O.O.P., People Offended by Offended People.)
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To: LibWhacker

The Gods Must be Crazy!

(Were those arrows supplied by the French?)


21 posted on 01/04/2005 7:02:09 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Doubt if they need any gubbmint help, anyways. To them, sh!t happens.


22 posted on 01/04/2005 7:32:46 AM PST by Safetgiver (Mud slung is ground lost.)
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To: Eagle Eye

where shooting at visitors is considered a traditional sign of welcome?
Philadelphia?


23 posted on 01/04/2005 7:35:45 AM PST by Safetgiver (Mud slung is ground lost.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
their interaction with the outside world is very limited & the Indian goverment doesn't really want to change that

Imagine if the Indians gave them Coca-Cola or something...
24 posted on 01/04/2005 7:36:05 AM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: DakotaGator
"When they fire bows, you're really in trouble!"

Is that kinda like running out of bullets and throwing the gun? Or maybe they were holding on to the wrong part? Hmmm....

25 posted on 01/04/2005 7:39:31 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: LibWhacker

If the overall situation over there weren't so serious this would be hilarious.


26 posted on 01/04/2005 7:41:29 AM PST by pepperdog
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To: LibWhacker
Dozens of tribesmen fired bows and arrows at the helicopter, a traditional warning that outsiders aren't welcome.

... an important tip to all you aspiring outsiders.

I want the autograph of this reporter's journalism professor.

27 posted on 01/04/2005 7:45:37 AM PST by LTCJ
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To: pepperdog

Drudge is leading with this story now because it is hysterical...


28 posted on 01/04/2005 7:48:38 AM PST by Geronimo
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To: LibWhacker

Maybe they're just hungry.


29 posted on 01/04/2005 7:55:01 AM PST by keats5
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To: AggieCPA; spokeshave
How about,
Cargo Cult gone Right!!


"Stop the world "...........etc.
30 posted on 01/04/2005 8:17:06 AM PST by late bloomer ( Neglegere homo pone aulaeum)
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To: LibWhacker
"OOGA-BOOGA-BOOGA!"


31 posted on 01/04/2005 8:36:29 AM PST by Viking2002 (Taglines? Vikings don't need no steenkin' taglines..............)
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To: thoughtomator
Maybe they thought it was a UN chopper.

...oh...well, in that case...

32 posted on 01/04/2005 8:37:29 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: Eagle Eye
Is there anyplace on Earth where shooting at visitors is considered a traditional sign of welcome?

Texas at night, so I've heard.

33 posted on 01/04/2005 9:07:15 AM PST by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: GSlob; Keith in Iowa
They won't be any loss.

Wrong. No man is an island; all people are in life together. "This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you." John 15:12-14

34 posted on 01/04/2005 9:17:14 AM PST by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: Chemist_Geek

I always believed that those aid helicopters should have machine guns mounted on them - just in case like the present one.


35 posted on 01/04/2005 9:19:36 AM PST by GSlob
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To: GSlob
I always believed that those aid helicopters should have machine guns mounted on them - just in case like the present one.

That's truly absurd. Machine-gunning a tribesman armed with a bow? For shooting an arrow at a flying helicopter. Yeah.

36 posted on 01/04/2005 9:22:53 AM PST by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: GSlob

Indian coastguard choppers aren't known to be armed with external weapons.They are mainly used for interception & search/rescue.That could change when the new Advanced light helicopter enters service.


37 posted on 01/04/2005 9:24:45 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Chemist_Geek

& besides the helos went to the region expecting & more importantly hoping for such a reaction to know that people were still alive.


38 posted on 01/04/2005 9:25:47 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Reaction of some posters: "They're alive! Wonderful! Let's kill them!"
39 posted on 01/04/2005 9:27:13 AM PST by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: LibWhacker; Quix; Conspiracy Guy; expatguy; MeekOneGOP; PhilDragoo; devolve; potlatch; F15Eagle
AGE-OLD EALRY WARNING SYSTEM - ping.

LoL - bows and arrows being an integral core element of the PEWS - Prehistoric Early Warning System.

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Officials believe they survived the devastation by using age-old early warning systems.

40 posted on 01/04/2005 9:30:05 AM PST by Happy2BMe ("Islam fears democracy worse than anything-It castrates their stranglehold at the lowest level.")
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To: LibWhacker

I dodn`t know they had liberals on that island. Shoot the help.


41 posted on 01/04/2005 9:46:57 AM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: Chemist_Geek

Tell that guy that he's either part of the solution or part of the precipitate.


42 posted on 01/04/2005 9:56:08 AM PST by Eagle Eye (3/5 Got theirs. And then some.)
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To: LibWhacker

Shoot the help, this is like the immediate reaction of the UN. "The US is stingy"


43 posted on 01/04/2005 10:11:31 AM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: LibWhacker
But the authorities say the attack is a sign that they have survived.

ROTFL!!!

44 posted on 01/04/2005 10:31:03 AM PST by An.American.Expatriate ((This space for let))
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To: Chemist_Geek

About 800-something years ago ason Kyomori Taira noted that it is gratitude that distinguishes the man from the beast. (See "Taira monogatari" book for the quote). These tribesmen do not pass the test.


45 posted on 01/04/2005 10:48:07 AM PST by GSlob
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To: LibWhacker

Give em a taste of a 50 caliber machine gun........I've no sympathy for foolishness at this point.


46 posted on 01/04/2005 10:50:43 AM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: brigette
use bows and iron-tipped arrows

Iron-tipped arrows? This begs a few questions. Where do they get the iron from? How did they discover the smelting of iron? Do they use iron for any other purpose?

47 posted on 01/04/2005 10:54:46 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: GSlob

Maybe they are scared of the giant flying metal bird? They may just be reacting to xeno-phobic tendancies. Like what you see when you say "burrito" on many threads on this site.


48 posted on 01/04/2005 10:56:12 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: LibWhacker
The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago is home to several primitive tribes, some so isolated that they are still stuck in the stone age.

Oh I see, they're moslems!

49 posted on 01/04/2005 11:00:06 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: LibWhacker

Well, you see they were hungry.

This tribe is a bunch of paleolithic hunter/gatherers. Along comes the biggest f'ing bird they have *ever* seen . . . if they can catch it, and it is edible, why, they will feast like kings!


50 posted on 01/04/2005 11:01:05 AM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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