Saturday, February 6, 2010

Last member of a 65,000-Year-Old Tribe Dies

Events like these make you wonder what is worth protecting/archiving for future generations, and who should take on the mantel of accomplishing it. It also reminds you that inaction is an action as we may have now lost something worth saving.

Listen to her speak a knowing that she may have just taken her language to her grave, now lost to the sands of time.

Video embedded below.

"The last member of a 65,000-year-old tribe has died, taking one of the world's earliest languages to the grave.

Boa Sr, who died last week aged about 85, was the last native of the Andaman Islands who was fluent in Bo.

Named after the tribe, Bo is one of the 10 Great Andamanese languages, which are thought to date back to the pre-Neolithic period when the earliest humans walked out of Africa.

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