Introduction. Anawanda: a language and a people
Anawanda is the language of the Anawanda tribes of the Southern-Eastern Archipelago of Elaire.
For the most, our Anawanda monuments date back to the decadence period of the Anawanda. At that time, the Anawanda were scattered in many little, independent villages concentrated in the most peripheral islands of the Archipelago, where they had been pushed by the prehistorical expansion of the Hélu. Communication and exchange were limited to feasts, summoned by the village chiefs in competition. On these occasions, people from many neighbouring villages would gather for a great banquet, followed by games and religious ceremonies or a solemn mourning. Feasts were also the time for bartering and for the building of small and middle-sized monumental works in stone with the common efforts of all the invited participants.
Before the Hélu's conquer, the Anawanda occupied most of the South-Western islands and, perhaps, they also had settlements along the Southern coast of Elaire. At that time, they were organized in hyerarchical chiefdoms which controlled wide territories. Chiefs gathered the goods from the land they governed in the form of offerings and redestributed it in the form of gifts. They also had at their disposal an ingent manpower, with which they could complete wonderful megalithic monuments.
The Anawanda were a peaceful people. They mostly lived on agricolture and coast fishing. Hunting and, as it seems, breeding were practiced minimally, while gathering of natural fruits was an important alternate source of food.
We know that the Anawanda language had many dialectal variations in the various islands and among groups of villages. Yet, our written monuments seem to display a largely uniform speech known as Epigraphic Tshakan (from the island of Tshaka were it is traditionally believed to have origined from).
Started in 1998, Anawanda has its origins in many disparate sources of inspiration. The grammar of the language was completed in the same year, but Anawanda is nonetheless underdeveloped, in that I never had the occasion to dedicate myself to its lexicon.
I hope I can soon see to that!