Museums of Andaman
Museums are a good way to know many things that you would otherwise find it tough to get the information. There are many museums in Port Blair but the ones that are popular are
- Anthropological Museum, which shows glimpses of the tribes who live in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and
- Samudrika Museum that shows the details about the geography and marine life of the region.
Anthropological Museum in Port Blair throws light on the life of the tribes who live in these islands. All of the tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands live in isolation, and visitors are not allowed anywhere near the areas occupied by them. Many of the tribes believe that contact with the external world may prove fatal and hence are cut off from the rest of the world!
The tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be broadly divided into two categories depending on their geographical presence. The tribes of Andaman Islands fall under Negrito tribes and have four sub-categories: Great Andamanese, Onge, Jarawa and Sentinelese.
The Nicobar Islands are home to Mongoloid tribes and are sub-classified as Shompen and Nicobarese.
After going through the museum you get an idea about how the tribes lead their daily life. Some of the tribes still live a nomadic hunter life, who hunt wild boars, monitor lizards, fish etc using bows and arrows!
Samudrika Marine Museum
Samudrika Marine Museum is run by Indian Navy. It has exhibits and information about the local ecosystem, tribals, plants, animals and marine life.
Tribes of Andaman
Skeleton of a blue whale
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