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Miskito

 

an Indian people living mainly in Nicaragua, with a small number in Honduras, and numbering 25,000 to 30,0(X) persons (1970, estimate). Their language belongs to the MiskitoMatagalpan language group. The Miskito, nominally Christians, have preserved their tribal beliefs. The chief occupations are hunting, fishing, farming (bananas, sweet potatoes, and, in some regions, rice and cotton), and gathering rubber. Some Miskito work for very low wages as hired laborers on plantations and in the lumber industry.

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They told him the Miskito Indians are referred to in their native language as Tawira, which translates to "the people of beautiful hair.
Izdepski, who is a longtime diver based in Louisiana, has organized Sub Ocean Safety, a nongovernmental group that tries to protect the Miskito Indians from their bosses and themselves.
On 21 February 1981 the armed forces killed seven Miskito Indians and wounded seventeen others.
In the middle, armed by the CIA, were the Miskito Indians, who had agreed to fight the Sandinistas only because they were caught between the two Nicaraguan factions.
After more than 100 years of control by non-Indigenous people (and little to show for it, except poverty and despair) the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua figured they'd try their luck with out-of-the-country Natives when they went shopping for consultants.
Between 1982 and 1983, by invitation of Nicaragua's Sandinista government, the ICHR intervened to promote the adoption of a special statute guaranteeing measures of self-government for the Miskito Indians of the Atlantic Coast.
While a full moon illuminated the gently rocking waters off Nicaragua's eastern shore, some 40 Miskito Indians in dugout canoes and small boats paddled out to meet a weather-worn lobster boat.
Two Miskito Indians from Nicaragua left so impressed that they asked the Indian coordinators of the Panama City meeting to assist them with a mapping effort of their own in December.
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Sandinista authorities forced thousands of Miskito Indians living near the Honduran border in northeastern Nicaragua into refugee camps.
Hurricane Felix slammed into Nicaragua's Miskito Coast as a record-breaking Category 5 monster storm yesterday in an area home to thousands of stranded Miskito Indians.
They -- rightly -- condemned them for human rights violations against the Miskito Indians on Nicaragua's east coast, but were silent about contra atrocities against civilians.