Friday, February 05, 2010

Woman dies, takes language

Boa Sr is dead and, as the last member of a 65,000-year-old tribe, has taken one of the world's earliest languages to the grave with her.

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


Anonymous said...

How did that happen?
In this day and age how in the hell did that happen?

Where is the rest of the footage?

You KNOW that someone is the last of their tribe
You KNOW that they are the last to speak the language

Why are you NOT out video taping every last syllable the woman utters?
and who translated what she said in this clip?

How in the HELL does that happen?!?!

History Lost

Anonymous said...

i second that, its depressing to see culture buried when it could have been preserved...