Tusken Raiders

Tusken Raiders
Leader(s)Tribal leaders
Home worldTatooine
First appearanceStar Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker (1976 novel)

Tusken Raiders (informally referred to as "Sand People"),[1] are fictional creatures in the Star Wars universe. They are characterized as a nomadic warrior race who live on the planet Tatooine.

Appearances in Star Wars media

Tusken Raider male costume with gaffi from Episode IV

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.[2] 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.[3]

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