Sri Lanka Minister criticizes modernization of aboriginal people Fri, Oct 18, 2013, 10:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Culture and the Arts T B Ekanayake accused that the local aboriginal community, Veddah people are after consumerism and modern life styles which tarnish their image as indigenous people.
The Minister criticized a cricket team of the Veddah community playing cricket.
The Veddah cricket team, wearing their traditional attire equipped with machetes, plays exhibition cricket matches and tours the island. Veddah cricket matches have become a popular event in the country.
The Minister also criticized the Veddah chief Uruwarige Wanniyalaeto's demand for a double cab vehicle. He pointed out that the Divisional Secretary of the Mahiyanganaya area has provided the Veddah leader a double cab vehicle for official use but the tribal leader wants one for himself.
The Minister told Sinhala daily The Divaina that no indigenous leader in the world uses vehicles.
Veddah community in Sri Lanka has lost their traditional livelihood which is based on hunting due to modern forest and wildlife regulations. They mostly depend on income from tourists visiting their village in Dambana.