(Last Updated on : 11/08/2016)
Tribes of Lakshadweep amount to huge in number, with the Indian government
administering the union territory as a tribal dominating area, with hundreds of sects surviving. Lakshadweep
contains a major population dedicated to tribal section. However, scheduled tribes
are another sect that adds up to the population count. The major tribal communities that dwell in Lakshadweep comprise Aminidivi, Koyas
, Malmis and Melacheris. All these tribes have their distinct status in the community. The excellent craftsmanship of these tribal people has also made them popular across the globe. Looking at the huge population of these tribal communities in Lakshadweep, the island can well be referred to as a tribal dominating area.
Some of these communities own land on these islands while other work as labourers. The majority of the tribal population in Lakshadweep follows Islam
. Most of these tribes earn their livelihood through fishing and cultivation.
Aminidivi Tribe of Lakshadweep:
Aminidivis are considered to be the first group of people to have initiated inhabiting these islands. They started living in an island called Amini and in present times it teems with Aminidivi people. They are most recognised for their hand-made crafts
. They are also acknowledged for their different rituals and unique way of celebrating festivals making their festivals
a grand affair.
Koya Tribe of Lakshadweep
: Formerly known as Tarawadis, the Koyas are the chief land owning class of the society. They take into account by themselves as outstanding and maintain distance from other communities.
Malmi Tribe of Lakshadweep
: In past they were sailors of Koyas and helped them within their sailing functions. They are able to pilot the vessel successfully than the other communities.
Melacheri Tribe of Lakshadweep
: Melacheris are considered to be the main working community on the island. Their main profession is to gather nuts from coconut trees
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