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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