Na'vi (The People)
Blue or dark cyan with stripes
3 meters (10 feet)
Yellow or Green
The Na'vi are a race of sentient extraterrestrial humanoids who inhabit the lush jungle moon of Pandora. Humans are known to refer to them as "blues", "savages", "the locals", "hostiles", or "the natives". The Na'vi are the first widely known and accepted extraterrestrial alien life that Humans have discovered who are sentient.
Having evolved on Pandora, the Na'vi are considered a "backward" civilization by Humans who first arrived to the alien world. Unsure why this is, Humanity continued to progress in mining unobtanium on their home world, while maintaining an aggressive stance against Na'vi obstacles with their mining operations.
Currently, the Na'vi live under a banner of peace and freedom with the remaining Human populace at Hell's Gate.
Origins[edit | edit source]
Currently, very little is known about the origins and evolution of the Na'vi species. Considering that they resemble Humans, many speculated that the Na'vi are a sub-branch of Homo Sapiens. However when the decoding of their genetics have shown, Humans are more closely related to slugs than the Na'vi.
More speculation rose when scientists compared the Na'vi's closest relative to being the prolemuris - the primate-like animal found in Pandoran jungles.
The historical evolution of their culture is also difficult to learn of as they do not draw paintings, write, or keep any historical data. What the Na'vi do instead is teach others orally with songs of events of the past as well as the culture of each tribe respectively.
History[edit | edit source]
For eons, the Na'vi remained in what Humans described as the 'paleolithic' age in which the Na'vi use quartzite rock for arrows and other hand tools as well as animal claws and teeth for weapons and tools. When the RDA first came to Pandora, they were surprised to find out that the Na'vi have lived this way for many generations.
The Na'vi have failed to develop tools and weapons for purposes beyond possible primitive warfare with the surrounding clans and hunting/survival. While most scientists debate about why this is so. Many within the Avatar Program conclude that the Na'vi have no reason to advance in terms of technology is simple. The Na'vi have all that they need right in their own territory. The other reason behind this is because of their deity - Eywa who keeps life balanced.
The Na'vi are taught songs of their culture, their history and the personal stories that were taught to their children and their children's children. The reason behind this is debatable as the Na'vi do not paint, draw, write, or set anything of their historical pass. This makes learning of their history and past incredibly difficult for many who learn of the Na'vi.
What it is known is that there were pivotal events in the Na'vi history, the one that sought attention is that of the Great Sorrow. A dire event in which the lives of many Na'vi are placed in great risk, the only hope that comes from these events are the rise of the Toruk Makto (Last Shadow Rider). A Toruk Makto is one Na'vi who is lucky enough to bond with the Great Leonopteryx during these events.
Physiology[edit | edit source]
The indigenous Na'vi are, on average, approximately three meters or ten feet tall, with smooth, striped cyan-colored skin, large amber eyes, and long, sweeping tails. Their bodies are more slender than humans.
The Na'vi cell nucleus does not use nucleic acids to encode genetic information. Therefore, their genetic makeup is not considered to be DNA. Instead their genetic information is called NVT. The NVT is completely and entirely different from that of DNA in that many scientists believed that Human's are related more to slugs than they are with the Na'vi.
Na'vi skin is smooth, iridescent, and cyan in color accentuated with slightly darker cyan stripes. Their bodies have feline-like features such as long sweeping tails, pointed ears and triangular faces with flat bifurcated noses, all framed with large, almost hypnotically golden eyes. Bioluminescent markings that seem to follow the path of the circulatory or nervous system aid in identification and mood display. Skin color is due to the presence of the cyanin pigment. It can "tan" to a darker purplish color after prolonged sunlight exposure.
Despite their cyan skin color, the Na'vi have red blood, utilizing an iron oxygen-transporting compound similar to hemoglobin.
Na'vi have hair on their heads including the long braid protruding from the base of their skulls protecting their neural queue. The Na'vi appear to have no other body hair, with the exception of eyelashes and a small "bob" of fur on the end of their tails.
The Na'vi skeleton is reinforced with naturally occurring carbon fiber. Average male is approximately 3 meters (~ 10 feet) tall; females slightly smaller due possibly to evolutionary "size" dimorphism. Their waist is narrow and elongated. The shoulders are very wide, creating a V-shaped upper back. The neck is long and body slender. Musculature sharply defined, giving no sense of emaciation despite thin proportions.
Tail that can be moved and controlled like any other appendage and is used primarily for balance. It is frequently used to express emotion and is the basis for the Na'vi saying: "Watch your tail, Child!"
The average Na'vi life span is longer than that of a human – approximately 30% longer – though they mature more rapidly. Currently, it is unknown how the Na'vi keep track of their ages, many report that the age is symbolized in much of the attire worn or in the tools they carry.
Average male has a mass around 162 kg (approximately 356 pounds). In Pandoran gravity (0.8 Earth g) they weigh 1271.38 N or 286 lb (compared to 1589.22 N or 357 lb in Earth's gravity). Female mass slightly less due to lighter build and slightly shorter stature.
Na'vi have four fingers on each hand including opposable thumbs and four toes on each foot including opposable big toes; unlike the human-created avatars which have five fingers on each hand including opposable thumbs and five toes on each foot with non-opposable big toes due to the influence of human DNA during avatar genetic sequencing. Because Na'vi only have four fingers on each hand, their counting system is based on the number eight. They use this octal arithmetic in their daily life. Early in the history of their language, the Na'vi had no words for numbers higher than mevol (16), the sum of all fingers and toes on their body. Anything more was simply called pxay (many). Octal numbers can easily be confused with decimal numbers unless a numeral 8 or 9 is present or the number is followed by a subscript to indicate the base system used, 8 for the octal system or 10 for a decimal system.
Sexuality[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Na'vi Sexuality
Reproduction mechanics (e.g. physical coupling) are similar to humans and other Terran mammals. Female Na'vi have breasts similar to those of female humans, and although there was a theory suggesting that the Na'vi female's breasts do not serve a purpose for feeding their offspring, this theory has now been discarded. It is now known that Na'vi females breastfeed their small children. The actual internal reproductive biology is quite different from Terran mammals. Avatar reproductive organs however are the same as the Na'vi despite Avatar's created with Human DNA.
Society and Culture[edit | edit source]
The Na'vi are humanoid creatures that live in various territorial clans across Pandora. Though their culture is essentially paleolithic, they have an egalitarian social organization, unusual in a society at such a stage in their development. A premium is placed upon young men and women growing up to become exceptional hunters and possibly warriors, as is necessary due to the nature of the Pandoran environment and the level of Na'vi technological advancement.
The populations of the Na'vi and other species may be controlled by the sentient intelligence they worship as Eywa. They choose to live in harmony and natural equilibrium with their surroundings. If they become too numerous, Eywa may devise a way to limit their numbers before they cause an ecological imbalance, for she maintains the balance of life. Over the millennia, the Na'vi have developed a healthy respect and reverence for their surrounding environment.
In return, Eywa may have affected the environment to provide them with sufficient food and shelter, creatures to ride for ground and air transportation, and an ambient, comfortable temperature throughout the different biomes of Pandora. Oddly, there do not seem to be many harmful or irritating insects and disease organisms, but whether or not this is intentional will require further research.
For a race that is so connected to all other creatures, warfare would seem unlikely, but not unheard of, as indicated by numerous references to the term "warrior". However, there was no hesitation to go to the many other clans to ask for help, so if there is inter-clan conflict, it is probably the rare exception to the rule.
They do, however, have a rich handicraft tradition and engage in extensive body decoration signifying both rank, activity, and individual tastes. With the caution that it is perhaps spurious to make cross cultural comparisons across star systems, the Na'vi are comparable to now extinct pre-bronze age hunter-gatherer societies that formed in some pre-colonial African, American aboriginal, and Australian indigenous tribes with trace similarities to the Norse culture of northern Europe. Lacking any tradition of formal science as Earth people know it, they experience Eywa as an all-knowing, all-powerful entity, and have possibly developed a complex animistic religion based upon their interactions with Eywa, and centered around the Tree of Souls and the Tree of Voices, two of many sacred spiritual locations found across Pandora that provide access to the Pandoran neural network.
Societal Roles[edit | edit source]
It is known that all clans are comprised of an Olo'eyktan (clan leader) and a Tsahìk (spiritual leader), without these two individuals a clan would not exist. The interesting note is that either gender can fill both roles and it is not uncommon to find males taking up the spiritual role while a female takes up a clan leading role.
It is unknown whether or not a clan has functioned without a Tsahik.
Only some known clans use a birth right system, most prominent usage is the Omaticaya in which Neytiri was betrothaled to Tsu'tey as Tsu'tey was the son of a highly respected warrior of the Omaticaya and Neytiri being the princess of her clan father.
Some nomadic clans are reported to function more primitively without any system at all except that everyone works to live daily, this can be attributed to nomadic clans who live in the desert regions of Pandora.
Known Clans[edit | edit source]
As human exploration continues on Pandora, more and more clans are discovered. Here is a list of clans that have made contact with humanity. Note: Some clans listed here are named by humans as the true clan name is yet to be known.
- Omaticaya (Blue Flute) Clan
- Tipani (Spirit Mask) Clan
- Payihä Clan
- Ti'wenkai Clan
- Eastern Sea Clan
- Horse Plains Clan
- Gulf of Pillars Clan
- Southern Valley Territories Clans