After the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the Pacific Ocean, the media reported how when the Moken saw the sea go out, they warned others that a tsunami was coming and ran for the hills.
Their traditional way of life may be coming to an end, however. In addition to the destruction of their boats by the 2004 tsunami, the Moken face diminishing marine resources and a changing world that is rapidly eroding their culture. The Moken language (mwt) is also in great danger of being silenced.
Read “Time running out for Moken way of life” for more information about the Moken people.