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Last member of 65,000 year-old tribe dies


Posted on Saturday, 6 February, 2010 | Comment icon 11 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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The last member of a 65,000 year-old tribe has died aged 85 taking one of the world's earliest languages with her.

Boa Sr was the last of her tribe from the Adaman Islands and the last fluent speaker of "bo", a language that is believed to have orginated as far back as before the Neolithic period when the first humans walked out of Africa.

"Boa was the oldest member of the Great Andamanese, a group of tribes that are the the first descendants of early humans who migrated from Africa about 70,000 years ago and who arrived on the islands around 65,000."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Siara on 5 February, 2010, 23:21
It IS sad. A unique definition of the universe is lost to us. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Reading this got me to thinking: When does a linguistic unit get defined as a language anyway? Like, Spanish and Italian people can basically understand each other but we define those two as separate languages. I had the weird experience once of discovering that I could basically understand people speaking in Basque because I speak French and Spanish and know a bit of Latin. The other language I speak (to a tiny, tiny extent) is Welsh, which I learned from my fathe... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Siara on 6 February, 2010, 2:16
Oops, I meant CATALAN not Basque. Duh.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sanderz on 6 February, 2010, 10:01
They should clone her! The tribe will be preserved, but the language will be lost, but hey! You save an ancient tribe!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Dark Morphling on 6 February, 2010, 17:58
What i wanna know is how her tribe was reduced to...well just her, and if their so sad that the language has been lost then may that be a reminder that next time send someone to study it,duh
Comment icon #6 Posted by AliveInDeath on 6 February, 2010, 18:06
i agree. it saddens me how that piece of history has been lost forever.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Siara on 6 February, 2010, 19:27
There was this native American named Ishi who was the last of his tribe. If this story interests you try Googling "Ishi".
Comment icon #8 Posted by brlesq1 on 7 February, 2010, 0:59
How utterly sad. I hope the good professor recorded her native tongue. Might as well put all our technology to use.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Squidlet on 18 February, 2010, 5:08
The last representative of the tribe of Bo just passed on... The Face of Bo died.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Whisk and Plunger on 20 February, 2010, 17:06
^ I applaud your Doctor Who reference It's quite sad that this is the end of such an ancient tribe, but I guess all things must end at somepoint


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