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Indigenous Communities from Sri Lanka

Sinhalese | Tamil | Wanniya-laeto |

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Wanniya-laeto
 
Indigenous Group Wanniya-laeto (also known as: Vedda, Veddha, Veddah, Wanniyala-Aetto)
Location Sri Lanka, mostly resettled in the North Central and Uva Provinces or on the East Coast of Sri Lanka.
Estimated Population 2000 (2002, Wiveca Stegeborn)
Environment Rainforest
Lifestyle Sedentary (traditionally were semi-nomadic)
Subsistence Hunter / Gatherer
Level of Assimilation Mostly assimilated, a few communities try to maintain traditions
Language Family Veddah*
Classification:
thought to be from the Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan and Sinhalese-Maldivian language families.
*Veddah was a mix of Pali, Sanskrit and Elu, but the language has almost disappeared. Modern Veddah is mainly Sinhalese with few original Veddah words still spoken.
Website URLs http://www.global-vision.org/...
http://vedda.org
http://www.lankalibrary.com/...
http://www.srilanka-insider-tours.com/...
http://www.cpsu.org.uk/...
NGOs Global Vision, Cultural Survival Trust

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