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A tribe of Tusken Raiders was active on the Dune Sea of Tatooine following the rescue of Han Solo by his companions from Tatooine Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure. The tribe was led by a chieftain and used black clothing and garments. Among its members were a female warrior, a male youngling,[1] and eventually Boba Fett.[3]

During Han Solo's rescue, bounty hunter Boba Fett was swallowed by the Sarlacc. Following Fett's escape from the Sarlacc pit, he was taken prisoner by the Tusken tribe. During his captivity, Fett gradually earned the tribe's respect, eventually helping the Tuskens stave off murderous raids by the Pyke Syndicate and training the tribe to use speeder bikes and other technology from off-world. Following a successful raid on a repulsortrain of the Pykes, the Tusken tribe sent Fett on a spiritual journey to retrieve a sacred branch from a wortwood tree as a rite of passage to join the tribe. Following his vision quest, Fett constructed a gaffi stick from the branch and was granted full status as a member of the tribe. The tribe was later massacred by the Pyke Syndicate while Fett was dealing with them, as Fett demanded the Pykes to pay protection to the tribe for running spice through the Dune Sea. The syndicate left evidence that a Nikto gang known as the Kintan Striders killed the tribe. When Fett returned to their camp, he gathered the bodies and weapons of the dead, and burnt them at a funeral pyre.


In 4 ABY,[4] the Rebel Alliance sent agents led by Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Lando Calrissian to infiltrate the palace of the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure on the planet Tatooine. The rebels sought to rescue their compatriot Han Solo, who had been taken as bounty by Jabba and frozen in carbonite. After the rebels thawed Solo and nearly escaped, Jabba's guards took them prisoner and prepared to execute them by feeding them to the Sarlacc at the Great Pit of Carkoon. However, Skywalker had prepared for such a contingency, and had sneaked his lightsaber into a compartment in his astromech droid R2-D2, whom he offered as tribute to Jabba. Skywalker, Calrissian, Organa, and their droids rescued Han Solo. In the process, Jabba was killed by Organa and bounty hunter Boba Fett fell into the Sarlacc pit. The Sarlacc ate Fett alive in his beskar armor.[5]

The chief and lead warrior of the tribe

Some time afterward, Fett escaped the Sarlacc's gullet, employing his flamethrower to reach the surface. Fett was discovered by a group of Jawa scavengers who stole his armor and left him for dead on the sands of Tatooine. There, Fett was discovered by the Tusken tribe and taken as their prisoner. When Fett attempted to escape, he was defeated by a female warrior. Later, a youngling and a massiff led Fett and a Rodian prisoner with chains to dig for black melons. They were attacked by a Tatooine sand beast. Fett strangled the creature with his chains, killing it, which earned the respect of the tribe's chieftain, who handed Fett a black melon to drink.[1]

Fett was accepted by the tribe and taught in their ways, including how to fight with a gaderffii stick, as he also taught them how to use technology such as speeder bikes to fight back against invaders from the Pyke Syndicate. Eventually, after leading the tribe into a victory against an interloping Pyke Syndicate repulsortrain that had attacked the tribe on multiple occasions, Fett was inducted into the tribe. The Tuskens used a lizard that crawled inside Fett's body, giving him a vision and making him walk in the desert, until he came across a Wortwood tree, from which he broke a branch to forge his own gaderffii stick in a Gaderffii stick workshop. After his induction, the tribe danced around a campfire.[6]

Sometime later, Fett traveled to Mos Eisley to negotiate with the Pykes. When he returned, he found that the tribe was massacred, and a tent had the symbol of the Kintan Striders, a Nikto gang, painted on it. He gathered the bodies and weapons of the dead, and set a funeral pyre.[3] Fett later attacked the Kintan Striders, killing several of their members, in revenge.[7] Later, a Pyke boss revealed to the bounty hunter Cad Bane that the Pyke syndicate had killed the tribe, and put the blame on the Kintan Striders. Bane later revealed it to Fett. Master Assassin Fennec Shand later assassinated the Pyke boss.[8]

Behind the scenes[]

Tuskens character poster for The Book of Boba Fett

The Tusken Raider tribe first appeared in a flashback in "Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land," the first episode of the Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett.[1]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land"
  2. The flashback events of "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine," and therefore the raid on a Pyke repulsortrain, take place during the "last days" of the Galactic Empire according to StarWars-DatabankII.png Camie in the Databank (backup link). As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the Empire fell in 5 ABY, the flashbacks in "The Tribes of Tatooine" must take place around that year. The attack on Jabba's Palace, depicted in "Chapter 16: The Rescue," is dated to be around nine years after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which include the Battle of Yavin, by "Jabba the Hutt and Other Characters of the Underworld". As the present-time events of The Book of Boba Fett occur shortly after the attack, The Book of Boba Fett must take place around 9 ABY. Additionally, SWInsider.png "A Certain Point of View" – Star Wars Insider 211 states that the Assassination attempt on Boba Fett and Boba Fett's hiring of Krrsantan, which appear in "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa" and "Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm" respectively, both take place nine years after A New Hope, which means at least two episodes take place exactly in 9 ABY. As the Tusken Raider tribe was destroyed between the raid and the present-time events of The Book of Boba Fett, ist destruction must have been between those two years.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa"
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  5. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  6. The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine"
  7. The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm"
  8. The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor"