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India’s plan for untouched Nicobar isles will be ‘death sentence’ for isolated tribe

Exclusive: $9bn port, airport and military base on Great Nicobar Island will cause ‘genocide’ of isolated Shompen, academics warnAcademics from around the world have urged India to cancel a huge construction project on Great Nicobar Island, warning it …

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Birdsong: the dying whistled language of the Hmong people in northern Laos

Exploring the whistling traditions of the Hmong people of northern Laos, whose language straddles the boundary between music and speech, this film witnesses a collision of ancient tradition with modern urban life. With urbanisation and the advent of mo…

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The Mission review – a missionary comes a cropper on reaching an ‘unreached’ tribe

Documentary traces a 21st-century American evangelical’s reckless efforts to convert an isolated tribe, and his fatal encounter with themOne of the most isolated Indigenous people on Earth, the Sentinelese of India’s North Sentinel Island remain a myst…

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Can 3D-printed tiger teeth help save our rarest animals from extinction?

Indian tribal hunting endangers wildlife but now a startup making 3D replicas is giving teeth to conservation effortsIn the lowland rainforests of Arunachal Pradesh in north-east India, tigers, clouded leopards, eagles and hornbills dot the landscape. …

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How India’s ‘millet ambassador’ preserves ancient grains – and helps promote food security

Laheri Bai’s seed bank ensures traditional grains are kept alive amid a wider effort to promote millet’s suitability for cultivation in challenging climate conditionsCollecting seeds in her mud-walled farmhouse home in central India has pushed Laheri B…

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Great pretender: the bird with an Elvis-like quiff that can’t stop mimicking

Scientists are learning the secrets of the greater racket-tailed drongo and other creatures in a jungle in south India from the people who have always lived thereIn the dense forests of south India’s Western Ghats, you may be lucky enough to spot a gre…

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