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Tusken Raiders

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The Tusken Raiders, also known as the Sand People, are a race of nomadic desert dwellers from the Star Wars franchise. They were created by director George Lucas and were introduced in the original Star Wars film in 1977. Tuskens are known for their distinct and fearsome appearance, characterized by their masked faces and primitive yet effective weaponry.

Tusken Raiders are named after the Tusken Pass in the desolate, harsh landscape of Tatooine. They are hostile to outsiders and often attack on sight. This hostility is intrinsically linked to their belief that all water on Tatooine was theirs, a precious resource which they would protect at all costs.

They are best known to fans as the aggressors in the fateful attack on young Anakin Skywalker's mother, Shmi Skywalker, an event that plays a large role in Anakin's transformation into the Sith Lord, Darth Vader. They also have a significant encounter with Luke Skywalker, Anakin's son, in the first Star Wars film.

Physiologically, Tuskens are roughly human in size and shape, though they are always seen swathed in layers of cloth, and their true faces are never revealed. Their eyes, however, sometimes visible, are portrayed as glowing a menacing yellow or orange. The principal weapons of Tusken Raiders are slugthrower rifles and gaderffii sticks, also known as Tusken cudgels.

Over time, Tusken Raiders have become one of the most iconic and memorable aspects of the Star Wars universe, representing the dangers inherent in Tatooine's desert wilderness. Despite their frequent portrayal as savages or beasts, there are moments in the Star Wars Expanded Universe and in the television series "The Mandalorian" that offer a more nuanced perspective on Tusken Raider culture and their struggle for survival on the harsh desert planet of Tatooine.

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