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Shompens of A & N islands casted votes for the first time for Lok Sabha

Apr 11, 2014 14:08 IST

Shompens of Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) islands for the first time casted their votes in Great Nicobar on 10 April 2014. Shompens - one of the stone-age tribes - casted the votes for the Lok Sabha constituency of Bay Islands for Lok Sabaha election 2014.

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Shompens are one of the six tribes that inhabit the forest in the southern-most tip of the country. They are classified as primitive tribal group along with the four other tribes Jarawa, Andamanese, Onge and the Sentinelese.
According to 2011 Census, their population is only 229 and about 60 Shompens cast their votes at the polling station which is in the interior jungle in Great Nicobar Biosphere reserve.

About Shompens

The Shompens have very limited contact with outsiders and live in about 12 habitations made of bamboo and leaf thatch.

The Shompens are of Mongoloid stock and they are skilled hunter-gatherers but they do not have knowledge of raise plantation of various crops. Primarily they survive on the hunting and gathering, besides honey and fish.


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