Tusken Raiders (informally referred to as "Sand People"), are fictional creatures in the Star Wars universe. They are characterized as a nomadic warrior race who live on the planet Tatooine.
Tusken Raiders first appear in Star Wars when a pack of them attack Luke Skywalker in the Jundland Wastes and knock him unconscious. However, just as they are going through Luke's landspeeder, Obi-Wan Kenobi frightens them off by imitating a Krayt dragon's mating call and rescues Luke.
Tusken Raiders briefly appear in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, taking shots at the Boonta Eve Classic Podracer pilots, and again in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, set 22 years before Star Wars; in this film, they kidnap Anakin Skywalker's mother, Shmi Skywalker, and torture her for a month. Anakin eventually finds her, but she is mortally injured and dies in his arms. Seized by a violent rage, Anakin slaughters the entire tribe.