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Commentary

A lively communication sets in between the visitor from neighbouring Nicobar island and the Jarawas. The visitor has obviously managed to gain the friendship of the Natives. In the hard jungle life of a hunter-and-gatherer tribe, physical fitness is a matter of survival. Overweight would be as much as a death-sentence. The Jarawas express their curiosity and amusement towards the overweight visitor in grabbing him repeatedly. Accompanied by a large groupe of Jarawas, the outside visitors are welcomed in the settlement of the tribe. Since the making of this film in the year 1993 the relation between the Jarawas and outside visitors has increasingly deteriorated. After around 2004 the Jarawa have returned to their old way of life but maintain a distant but not hostile (as long as they are not pressed) attitude to the Indian population outside their reservation. 

The coconuts brought by the visitors are eagerly prepared and shared in the community. Note also here the total absence of shame in relation to physical contact: In oder to solve the problem of the visitor's gender, only active grabbing will lead to an answer. Like a swarm of crickets, the Jarawas fall upon the visiting boat that is loaded with coconuts. Note the speed with which the red headscarfs of the indian visitors are being taken away, as Jarawas are fond of red coloured tissues. Nevertheless, no rivalry can be observed in-between the Jarawas themselves, as all the yield will be shared by the whole group.