This post was formerly entitled: “The Pericues: Proof of Homo erectus in Baja”—–
The Pericues also known as the Pericu, Cora, and Edues were the aboriginal inhabitants of the Cape Region which is the southernmost end of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Sine the late 18th century, sadly, they have been culturally and linguistically extinct.
Baja California Native American Tribes
Of special interest here is that these people had very distinctive hyperdolichocephic skulls. That is, they were known for their distinctive long headed skulls. Some researchers believe that the Pericu were either were trans-Pacific migrants or remnants of some of the oldest colonizers of the New World. Their burials feature remains painted with red ochre (Las Palmas burial complex) which sometimes were deposited in caves or under rock shelters. These people used the atlatl and darts along with the bow and arrow up through the 17th century. When the Spanish came to the Americas they enslaved the Pericu until they revolted in 1734. The revolt lasted for two years until the Spanish reasserted authority over them. Many of the Pericu died of diseases brought by the Spanish as well. Continue Reading
Although this is now the 21st century when we like to think that all people in all parts of the world are as “civilized” and as “sophisticated” as we are there remain several tribes of people throughout the world who are NOT and some of those people are rather dangerous. In fact, they will kill you outright…..no questions asked.
A Sentinelese tribesman fires an arrow at a passing helicopter.
One such tribe lives on North Sentinel Island which is in the Andaman Islands of India. They are known as the “Sentinelese” but are considered part of the Andamanese people. These people resist the modern world and are rather outright hostile to it and any intruder. As a result they remain virtually untouched by the modern world and uncontacted by modern researchers. It is believed these people have lived on the island for the past 60,000 years!
The Sentinelese are a hunter-gatherer people who mainly survive on hunting, fishing, and collecting native plants for consumption. They show no evidence of farming. They also seem to have no evidence of fire production! Their language is unclassified and is poorly understood. They are considered to be a “Scheduled Tribe” which is disadvantaged indigenous people in India. This classification is also known as the “Scheduled Caste.” Continue Reading